Prof. Willey maintains a research laboratory of 600 square feet at Northeastern
University. The laboratory has the capability to synthesize single and mixed oxide
aerogels materials. Equipment exists to analyze these materials for their surface area,
and surface properties via infrared characterization techniques. In addition to material
synthesis and characterization, Prof. Willey's laboratory has several tubular
reactor systems with appropriate analyses units attached (on-line GC's) in which to
investigate catalytic reactions. Finally, the laboratory has a specialized reaction
calorimeter, called an ARC (adiabatic reaction calorimeter), that allows for the safe
investigation of very reactive exothermic reactions.
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