Pine Research Instrumentation understands the need for glass and quartz ware to fit the exact needs of our users. We currently stock the most common version of a quartz photoelectrochemical cell (see photos to the left). Here are some key features of the cell:
- The photoelectrochemical cell is made entirely of quartz. Visible or ultraviolet light can pass through either of the two large, flat windows of the cell. Alternative window styles can be designed and constructed for you.
- The cell has a large 55/50 port through which a photoanode (often a silicon wafer) can be inserted down into the cell. Electrical contact is achieved by connecting a banana cable to the end of the electrode handle. The handle fits into the the adapter. The end of the electrode holder in the cell terminates with a conductive clip that holds the photoanode.
- A total of five 14/20 ports accept the counter electrode (often platinum coil) and a reference electrode.
- The gas sparging/purching accessories fit 14/20 side ports.
- The base of the cell is footed so it can be used directly on flat surfaced without having to secure it with additional clamps.
- In addition to finding use in photoelectrochemical research, quartz cells are also popular for applications where the solvent system being used (i.e., strong base) would dissolve a typical borosilicate glass cell.
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The Quartz Photoelectrochemical Cell Kit is available as a bundle, which includes:
- Quartz cell (250 mL) with 5 five 14/20 side ports for additional electrodes and gas purge/sparge entry
- Large bore electrode adapter (55/50 joint)
- Electrode handle with photoanode clips
- Platinum coil counter electrode with isolation tube
- Gas sparging/purging accessories
In general, any cell design that can be made from borosilicate glass (including those that you see elsewhere on our web site) can also be made from quartz. With little more than a sketch with dimensions, our team can custom design and build quartz cells for your photoelectrochemical research.
A quartz cell is typically twice as expensive as the equivalent borosilicate glass cell, and custom orders generally require four to six weeks to get from the initial design phase to the end product. Please note, quartz and borsilicate glass cannot be joined together. If you need a quartz electrochemical cell, feel free to phone us (+1.919.782.8320) or click here to contact us.