Solid Quartz. Both chambers in our photoelectrochemical cell are made entirely of quartz. Visible and ultraviolet light can pass through either of the two large flat windows of each chamber. Photoelectrochemical cells where only the windows are quartz can lead to stray absorbance of borosilicate from the rest of the cell, making measurements in the UV difficult. Quartz is also popular for thermal stability as well as performing experiments in strong bases, where borosilicate would normally etch.
Photo-anode compatibility. The large 55/50 port is compatible with a wide variety of photo-anodes to fit inside the cell, including silicon wafers. Electrical contact to the photo-anode is achieved by connecting a banana cable to the end of the electrode handle. The handle fits into the the 55/50 adapter. The end of the electrode holder in the cell terminates with a conductive clip that holds the photo-anode.
Ports. A total of three 14/20 ports accept our counter electrode (often platinum coil), reference electrodes, and gas sparging/purging accessories. The Quartz Photoelectrochemical Cell Kit is available as a bundle, which includes the 2 quartz chambers (250 mL), 2 large bore electrode adapters (55/50 joint), 2 electrode handles with 10 photo-anode clips, a platinum coil counter electrode with isolation tube, a pinch clamp and O-ring, gas sparging/purging accessories, and six 14/20 PTFE stoppers.
Customization. Our photoelectrochemical cell is very versatile and ideal for most photoelectrochemistry research. At Pine Research we understand the need for specialization and custom glassware for your research needs. With little more than a sketch with dimensions, our team can custom design and build quartz cells for your specific photoelectrochemical needs.
Visit our “Custom Glassware and Quartz Gallery” section for more information on custom glassware.