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Centrifuge Thermo Scientific Heraeus Labofuge 200, lab 01.314

The Heraeus Labofuge 200 allow centrifugation of a wide range of plastic and glass vessels and tubes.

Centrifuge Eppendorf 5804, lab 01.314

Eppendorf 5804 allow centrifugation of a wide range of plastic and glass vessels and tubes.

Laboratory shaker Eppendorf Thermomixer C (3 shakers), lab 01.170

Specifications: Different heating blocks for various vials, including 1.5 mL, 2 mL, 15 mL and 50 mL tubes for lab-scale shaking experiments; Mixing frequency: 300 – 3000 rpm (1.5 mm mixing radius), Temperature range: 15-100 °C.

Laboratory shaker TMS-300 Thermoshaker (6 shakers), lab 01.170

Specifications: Lab-scale shaking of various glass and plastic vials; Mixing frequency: 300 – 3000 rpm (1.5 mm mixing radius); Temperature range: 25-100 °C.

Laboratory shaker ThermoFisher MaxQ2000 Model SHKE2000-1CE, lab 01.170

Specifications: Open-Air Platform Shaker for the shaking of glass vials and centrifuge tubes at room temperature. Different transfer racks and mounting plates are available to mount your samples. Also a plate for shaking separatory funnels is available. Mixing frequency: 15 to 500 rpm, ±1 rpm (1.9 cm orbit)

Laboratory shaker Burrell Scientific Wrist Action™ shaker Model 95, lab 01.170

Specifications: Variable speed wrist action shaker to shake of a large variety of vessels, attached to the side arms with adjustable clamps. Max mixing frequency: 450 rpm; Shaking Angle: 0 to 15°

Laboratory shaker Gerhardt Thermoshake incubator shaker Model THO 500/1, lab 01.170

Specifications: For homogeneous mixing by a circular motion at a constant temperature and constant speed in continuous operation. The precise temperature monitoring and thermally insulated temperature chamber guarantee stable temperatures. The temperature can be set continuously from 5 °C above room temperature up to 60 °C and remains precisely constant to within < 1°C. Mixing frequency: 20 to 200 rpm


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Laboratory shaker Kuhner ES-X Lab-Shaker, lab 01.170


Specifications: The ES-X is a specially designed shaker with a separate controller. The shaking unit with its stainless steel casing can be placed in areas of high temperature (up to 80°C) and humidity (up to 95% rH). A Tray with support bars is available to mount on the shaker. There are three shaking diameters available: 12.5, 25 and 50mm. The mixing frequency is dependent on the shaking motion, linear or circular, and the shaking diameter:


Shaking motion Mixing frequency
orbital, Ø 12.5 mm 20–500 rpm
orbital, Ø 25.0 mm 20–400 rpm
orbital, Ø 50.0 mm 20–300 rpm
linear, Ø 12.5 mm 20–400 rpm
linear, Ø 25.0 mm 20–300 rpm
linear, Ø 50.0 mm 20–200 rpm
Wrist action shaker

Specifications: Shaking of a large variety of vessels, attached to the side arms with adjustable clamps; Shaking speed: 0 – 450 rpm.

Benchtop orbital shaker MaxQ 2000

Specifications: Universal platform with various holders and racks for different vials; Roller bars for fixing larger vessels; Shaking speed: 15 – 500 rpm (1.9 cm orbit).

Leaching equipment Buchi B-811 extraction system, lab 01.170

The Büchi B-811 Soxhlet extraction system can be used for solid-liquid extraction of solid residues and selective dissolution of metals in volatile organic solvents. The lixiviant evaporates and condenses on the solid material, which is placed in a thimble in the set-up. The extraction system can be used in different modes: Soxhlet Standard, Soxhlet Warm (condensed solvent is heated), Hot Extraction (also known as Randall extraction) and Continuous Flow (continuous extraction with fresh solvent).

Leaching equipment Parr Series 5000 Multiple High-Pressure Leaching Reactor System, lab 01.170

The multiple reactor system provides an integrated system for running multiple reactions simultaneously and applying the principles of high throughput experimentation to reactions conducted at elevated temperatures and pressures. It involves six reactors (Vtot = 75 mL, Vmax = 40 mL) with internal stirring (single magnetic stirrer system 0–1200 rpm). Operating pressures to 200 bar and operating temperatures to 300 °C (heating rates up to 15 °C per minute). It allows for two different input gases (nitrogen, oxygen, air) and individual temperature and pressure control. Both the vessel with its wetted parts and the valve and head fittings exposed to vapors are constructed from Hastelloy.

Parr bombs

These are non-stirred pressure vessels of 100 and 300 mL capacity. Maximum pressure corresponds to 180 bar and maximum temperature to 350 °C. These vessels allow us to carry out leaching experiments at high temperature and pressure while minimizing the risks associated with some reactions and reducing the waste to a minimum. The parr bombs are made out of stainless steel type T316.