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    Kirk Gerdes injects a sample into NETL's new gas chromatograph-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer.

    The new gas chromatograph-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer, an analytical instrument that will play an important role in study the effect of coal contaminants on solid oxide fuel cells. It offers part-per-billion sensitivity to compounds typically found in trace amounts in coal syngas, including arsenic, phosphorus, selenium and mercury. The instruments supports fuel cell research at the NETL to evaluate the impact on fuel cell performance and degradation of trace species found in coal syngas. The spectrometer will be mounted into a specially designed mobile test cell and taken to the Wilsonville Power Systems Development Facility to support fuel cell performance testing on coal syngas.

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