Process Chemistry Laboratory

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The Process Chemistry Laboratory at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) supports client projects with analysis of process samples and products. The work also includes testing the performance of laboratory-scale developmental and experimental processes and equipment and sophisticated sampling systems that are fully specialized for each process.

The laboratory’s core strength is the ability of its highly trained chemists and technicians to perform both applied research in the development of new analytical methods and routine analytical services, including standardized ASTM methods in broad areas with high precision and a great deal of automation. In addition, wet methods, physical properties, distillations and other separation methods are available.

The laboratory’s state-of-the-art facilities include instrumentation for:

  • High-performance liquid chromatography with universal CAD (charged aerosol detector)
  • Gas chromatography with many detectors, including mass spectroscopy, thermoconductivity, flame ionization, and chemiluminescence detectors
  • Elemental analyzer for carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur (CHNS)
  • Ion chromatography
  • Bench-scale distillation, including D86, D1160, and specialized apparatus

William Barclay, M.S., Manager

Process Chemistry Laboratory Technical Strengths

  • Biodegradation studies for lubricants and biofuels (ASTM 5864, OECD 301-B)
  • Simulated distillation studies for fuels, blends, and starting feed materials (ASTM D2887 and D7169)
  • Unique sample/analytical system designs for continuous experiments including pilot plants
  • Specialization in staffing, safety and training for 24/7 project work
  • Unique collection systems for analytical and process data acquisition
  • Specialized biofuel, asphaltenes, and fuel impurities studies
Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 10 technical divisions.