ZEISS Multimodal Microscopy Solutions for Catalysts

Heterogeneous catalysts are a broad and versatile set of engineered porous materials of high surface area and surface functionalization. Automotive catalysts, for example, have removed billions of tons of pollutants from entering the atmosphere since their deployment in the 1970s and must withstand lifelong service lives. Catalyst structure-property relationships are complex, determined by porosity, particle size, voids, and adhesion between substrate, washcoat base layer, and precious metal active components. They can therefore be challenging to image and characterize at high resolution and in three dimensions.

15th European Congress on Catalysis

EuropaCat 2023

Prague, CZE

Meet ZEISS at EuropaCat 2023

August 27 – September 1

We are pleased to support this year's EuropaCat in Prague as a Gold Partner

You can find us at Booth #1 to talk about your microscopy solutions for catalysts.

Be sure not to miss our workshop on linking structure and catalytic properties  – you'll find all details below.

On this page you'll also find application papers which are availabe to download.

See you in Prague!

Visit our Workshop at EuropaCat 2023

Characterisation of environmental and new energy catalysts through electron and X-ray microscopy

Tuesday 29 August
1.30 - 2.30 CET
North Hall, Second floor

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Novel 3D microscopy approaches to imaging the internal solid and pore structure of catalysts
  • How 3D datasets can be used to simulate the performance of gasoline particulate filters (GPF) and polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC)
  • Using X-ray microscopy for 3D imaging, pore analysis, and differentiation and quantification of washcoat and substrate layers on a honeycomb support
  • Deep learning for reconstruction, measurement, and multiphase segmentation of 3D datasets of GPF
  • Reconstructed data as input into gas flow simulations to relate pressure drop to performance
  • Property simulations to predict pressure drop along channels and through channel walls, and reactivity, through experimentally derived structure- conditions
  • Using X-ray nanotomography to study porous PEFC catalyst agglomerate structures and used to simulate gas diffusion through pore networks
  • Non-destructive 4D studies enabled by time-resolved in situ experiments

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ZEISS GeminiSEM images of catalyst nanoparticles

Node in perovskite catalyst, 4,000x, InLens detector, ZEISS GeminiSEM 560

Magnified overview of perovskite catalyst showing exsolved platinum nanoparticles, 11,000x, InLens detector, ZEISS GeminiSEM 560

Detail of node in showing terraced perovskite support and morphology of platinum nanoparticles, 23,000x, InLens detector, ZEISS GeminiSEM 560

High resolution imaging and detail of platinum nanoparticles and terraced formation in support, 65,000x, InLens detector, ZEISS GeminiSEM 560

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC)

Characterizing new materials down to the nanometer scale

Segmented 3D volume of a polymer electr olyte fuel cell membrane electrode assembly. Gas diffusion layer fiber weaves are visible in green and magenta, microporous layer in blue, catalyst in yellow, and electrolyte membrane in red.

Automatic statistical layer thickness measurement of multilayer coating system from cross-section image

Taking your research to the next level

ZEISS high resolution light, electron and X-ray imaging and compositional analysis solutions provide you with multiscale insight that can drive improvements in materials development, and your grasp of complex failure mechanisms. Whether your requirement is to examine material interfaces, surface defects and topography, perform microstructural analysis, cross-sectional composition analysis or non-destructive analysis through bulk material, we provide the illuminating solutions for maximum understanding of waterborne chemistries.

Microscopy Solutions for Catalysts

How ZEISS microscopes are used and which value they bring to your production.

  • Johnson Matthey researchers describe their use of ZEISS X-ray and FIB-SEM correlative microscopy to improve their scientific research into the autocatalytic converters that support improvement of air quality.

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  • Investigating Sweet Spot Imaging of Perovskite Catalysts Bearing Exsolved Active Nanoparticles

    Platinum has been widely used for catalytic chemical reactions in automobile, chemical refining, and energy industries. This application note discusses imaging techniques that accurately determine particle size and morphology, a method that can improve the catalytic analysis of platinum loading, size, dispersion, and active site determination.

  • Correlative XRM-FIB/SEM Study of Autocatalysts

    Multimodal analysis of autocatalysts provides answers across the macro, meso and nanoscales of devices to understand performance of a variety of catalysts. This paper describes a correlative stufy of a GPF (gasoline particulate filter) with both X-ray microscopy and FIB-SEM microscopy, with machine learning and automation.

  • Multi-modal characterization and advanced analysis options for industry and research

    ZEISS Microscopy Solutions for Steel and Other Metals

  • Non-destructive Microstructural Characterization of Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC)

    ZEISS X-ray Microscopes

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are advanced material systems commonly used in high-temperature gas turbines, aero-engines, and combustion engines. Due to their low thermal conductivity and high chemical stability, TBCs are commonly applied to metal substrates to serve as a resistant barrier against thermal degradation and oxidation.

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