February 2008

Bonus Report: Process and Laboratory Analyzers

Monitor explosive combustion kinetics with encoded photometric infrared spectroscopy

Using this technology can improve analytical performance

Yano, J., Aspectrics, Inc.

Methanol (MeOH) is a light, volatile, colorless, flammable, poisonous liquid with a distinctive odor that is used as an antifreeze, solvent and fuel. Due to its poisonous properties, MeOH is also frequently used as a denaturant additive for ethanol manufactured for industrial uses. MeOH is produced naturally in the anaerobic metabolism of many bacteria. As a result, there is a small fraction of MeOH vapor in the atmosphere. Over the course of several days, MeOH burns in air, forming carbon dioxide (CO2) and H2O. Most often, MeOH is produced synthetically by a multistep process whereby natural gas and steam are reformed in a furnace to produce hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO), which t

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