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Recent Peaklab Reports

Raman Characterization of Biochar Bonding

Published May 26th, 2009 | No Comments

The names “charcoal” and “biochar” cover a multitude of “charcoal” compositions made at temperatures from 300-1000ºC for various purposes such as cooking, heating, power, and now agricultural soil enhancement and carbon sequestration. Many groups are investigating soil enhancement with uncharacterized charcoal and others are manufacturing charcoal, again mostly uncharacterized.

Pyrolysis of Printed Wire Boards followed by gas analysis using FTIR spectroscopy

Published May 26th, 2009 | No Comments

The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) has imposed guidelines on the disposal of many forms of consumer electronics. Efforts are being made to determine how to recycle devices containing a heterogeneous mix of metallic, mineral, organic and inorganic materials. One of the primary concerns is the disposal of printed wire boards (PWB) because many of the compounds in a populated board are toxic.