Hiden Analytical

Hiden Analytical celebrates more than 40 years of design, development and manufacture of quadrupole mass spectrometers. Our products address a diverse range of applications – precision gas analysis, plasma diagnostics by direct measurement of plasma ions and ion energies, SIMS probes for UHV surface science, catalysis performance quantification, thermo-gravimetric studies – over a pressure range extending from 30 bar processes down to UHV/XHV.

Hiden Analytical has been working successfully with Benelux Process for 15 years, who offers innovative technology solutions in the area of your research and production. For more information, please contact Wolfgang Kerschbaum from Benelux Process, info@benelux-process.com. He will be delighted to provide both formal advice and customer-friendly support.



Thermochemical Water Splitting: Boosting Hydrogen Production with Ca-Doped Perovskites”

April 6, 2024

The study focuses on the development of perovskite oxide structured catalysts for a two-step thermochemical water splitting method that enables the sustainable production of hydrogen from renewable sources. Metal oxides with high redox capacity (<10:1, MOx-H2), fast reaction kinetics and structural stability during thermal cycles are needed for efficient hydrogen production in this method, which is based on thermochemical processes that allow pure hydrogen to be produced alone. The low cost of metal oxides with these properties is also a requirement for their widespread use. Read more

Advancing Precision in Plasma Enhanced ALD: The Role of the Hiden EQP Series

March 30, 2024

In materials science, precision in thin film deposition processes like Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (PEALD) is paramount. The ability to control film thickness and composition with high accuracy depends significantly on understanding and controlling the plasma used in the deposition process. Here, the Hiden EQP Series emerges as an essential tool for in-depth plasma analysis, offering unparalleled insights into the components critical to deposition outcomes. Read more

Revolutionising Clean Combustion with Advanced Analytical Tools

February 23, 2024

In the quest for sustainable energy solutions, clean combustion technology stands out as a beacon of hope. This groundbreaking approach not only aims to significantly reduce harmful emissions but also enhances energy efficiency across numerous sectors. As we stride towards greener practices, the spotlight shines on the indispensable role of sophisticated analytical instruments in monitoring, analysing, and refining combustion processes. Today, we delve into how real-time gas analysers and catalysis research tools, particularly the QGA 2.0, HPR-20 R&D, CATLAB, Spaci-MS, and HPR-60 MBMS, are transforming the landscape of clean combustion. Read more

Hiden Analytical Unveils Advanced Detection of Silicone Contamination in Industrial Applications

February 10, 2024

Hiden Analytical a leader in materials analysis and diagnostics, today announced a breakthrough in detecting and analyzing silicone contamination in various industrial settings. The company’s latest application highlights the critical issue of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) contamination, a common silicone-based compound used in numerous products like lubricants, cosmetics, food additives, and sealants. Read more

Hydrogen Production and Carbon Capture by Gas-Phase Methane Pyrolysis

December 16, 2023

In order to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas must be replaced by climate-neutral alternatives in the medium and long term. In this regard, hydrogen (H2) is considered as one of the most promising carbon-free energy carriers, since it is already nowadays vastly used in the chemical industry, for instance for refining processes or the production of key chemicals such as ammonia or methanol. Read more

Dr. Toyoda of Nagoya University receives Award!

November 11, 2023

Dr. Toyoda of Nagoya University has received an award for his paper “Mass spectroscopic measurement of time-varying ion composition in a pulse-modulated Ar/C4F8/O2 dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasma”. Read more

Measure hydrogen and oxygen produced by the microalgae in real time

November 3, 2023

A HPR-20 R&D with an all-metal variable leak valve inlet system was recently installed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart. In a research project within the Group of Algae Biotechnology Development, hydrogen is produced using the microalgae C. reinhardtii. The HPR-20 R&D is used to measure hydrogen and oxygen produced by the microalgae in real time. Read more

Mass Spectrometers for Electrochemistry 

October 7, 2023

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What is On-line Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry?

August 26, 2023

On-line Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry (OEMS) is an advanced analytical technique that combines electrochemical methods with mass spectrometry. It enables real-time monitoring and analysis of evolved gases during electrochemical processes and is an extension of Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry (DEMS). OEMS plays an important role in various scientific fields, offering valuable insights into reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and the behaviour of electroactive species. In this blog post, we will explore the fundamentals, applications, and advantages of OEMS. Read more

Understanding the Importance of Contaminant Analysis in Thin Film Engineering

July 22, 2023

Thin films are prevalent in a range of technological applications, from packing materials to medical devices. Because of the unique properties of these films, they have significantly enhanced many industries and opened doors to innovative solutions. However, for thin films to perform optimally, the issue of contaminants must first be addressed. Read more

RF plasma sputtering in an ITER-relevant first mirror unit

July 8, 2023

Metallic first mirrors (FMs) make up important components in many of the optical diagnostic systems in the fusion reactor ITER. They are responsible for directing the light from the fusion plasma towards the diagnostic sensors through an optical labyrinth to prevent neutron leakage. However, being the initial elements in the optical path, the FMs are subject to constant erosion from charge exchange neutrals as well as deposition of the first wall materials: beryllium (Be), tungsten (W) and their oxides, which would significantly degrade their optical properties. Read more

Hiden Analytical introduce the ESPion Series, advanced Langmuir probes for plasma diagnostics

June 23, 2023

The Hiden ESPion Series are bolt on plasma process analysers designed for fast response, high sensitivity analysis of plasma parameters. Read more

Hiden Analytical Unveils Breakthrough Technique for Lithium-Ion Battery Research

June 2, 2023

Hiden Analytical, a leading provider of advanced scientific instrumentation, today announced the successful application of its Quadrupole Focused Ion Beam Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FIB-SIMS) for lithium-ion battery research. This ground-breaking technique offers unparalleled sensitivity and resolution for low mass detection of lithium, significantly advancing the study of lithium-ion batteries. Read more

Continuous and Accurate Reaction Monitoring with Real-Time Analysis

June 1, 2023

Real-time analysis using mass spectrometry instruments enables constant qualitative and quantitative information on chemical concentrations or the formation of new species in an active reaction mixture [1]. This is particularly important in biotech and fermentation processes, which require carefully balanced oxygen uptake and carbon production rates for optimal yields. Real-time gas analysis also benefits atmospheric monitoring and the evaluation of catalyst efficiency for CO2 capture and reduction [2]. Read more

Introducing the HPR-90 ‘Package Cracker’ fill-gas analyser from Hiden Analytical!

April 8, 2023

This innovative instrument accurately measures static fill-gas and residual gases in a variety of vessel types. It accommodates vessels of various sizes and is perfect for applications such as fill gas analysis, quality control studies, and sealed volume analysis. The HPR-90 features a custom-designed vacuum chamber and sample piercing and cracking mechanisms, as well as an integrated high-performance mass spectrometer for high precision analysis. Read more

Unveiling the Secrets of Lithium-Ion Batteries with FIB-SIMS

March 18, 2023

The rapid growth of the electric vehicle market and the increasing demand for portable electronics have driven the need for advanced energy storage systems. In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have emerged as a promising solution due to their high energy density, long cycle life, and low self-discharge rate. However, to further improve their performance and safety, a deeper understanding of the complex processes occurring within the batteries is essential. One such approach is the use of advanced analytical techniques, such as Focussed Ion Beam Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FIB-SIMS) and Focussed Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM). In this blog, we will explore how the integration of these powerful techniques can enable highly sensitive detection of lithium and provide valuable insights into lithium-ion battery research. Read more

Products for Electrochemistry

February 18, 2023

The Hiden HPR-40 DEMS is a bench top or mobile cart mounted module for analysis of dissolved species in electrochemistry. The system is modular and adaptable. The system includes two differential electrochemical mass spectrometry ‘DEMS’ cell inlets, designed for material/catalysis studies, cell type A, and electrochemical reaction studies, cell type B. Read more

The Basics of Process Gas Analysis in Chemical Vapor Deposition

January 14, 2023

Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes rely on process gases for the transport of volatile precursors and byproducts. Performing process gas analysis on exhaust streams in CVD applications provides insight into the chemical reactions that occur at the surface of the substrate, enabling CVD processes to be monitored and optimized. In this article, we’re looking at the fundamentals of CVD and exploring how process gas analysis solutions from Hiden Analytical can help ensure the optimal performance of CVD processes. Read more

What is SIMS Surface Analysis?

October 21, 2022

SIMS is a high-sensitivity surface analysis technique for determining surface composition, contaminant analysis and depth profiling in the uppermost surface layers of a sample. Read more

What Products Can be Used for Plasma Engineering

September 23, 2022

Scientific developments in the field of plasma science have enabled the use of plasma in a wide range of plasma engineering applications such as plasma etching and deposition of semiconductor chips, biomedical, plasma surface modification, material processing, compact x-ray lasers, power production from thermonuclear fusion, TV screens, catalysis, thermonuclear synthesis, space propulsion, hydrogen production, and treatment of industrial emissions. Read more

The Future of Fusion Research

August 12, 2022

Ongoing efforts in nuclear fusion research promise a cheap, clean, and safe energy source for future generations. In this blog post, we’re looking at how fusion power works, its advantages, and how fusion research is bringing us closer to commercial fusion reactors. Read more

How do Heterogeneous Catalysts Promote Sustainability?

June 29, 2022

Catalysts can be broadly divided into two categories: homogeneous catalysts and heterogeneous catalysts. Homogeneous catalysts are so named because they are dispersed in the same phase as the reactant: for example, a liquid catalyst catalysing liquid reactants. Heterogeneous catalysts, on the other hand, exist in a different phase. Read more

Hiden Analytical introduce the ESPion Series, advanced Langmuir probes for plasma diagnostics

May 14, 2022

Equipped with ESPionSoft, Hiden’s multi-level software package, offering simple control of the ESPion system giving direct information relating to plasma stability and reproducibility. The software features automatic real-time extrapolation of plasma parameters giving detailed information on plasma properties. Read more

Solutions for Dissolved Gas Analysis and Off-gas Analysis in Electrochemistry

April 22, 2022

The Hiden HPR-40 DEMS is a bench top or mobile cart mounted module for analysis of dissolved species in electrochemistry. The system is modular and adaptable. Read more

A compact tool for quantitative gas analysis

March 10, 2022

Hiden Analytical supplies precise and user-friendly tools for quantitative gas and vapour analysis. Our compact Hiden QGA system is a high performance gas analyser configured for real-time continuous monitoring of multiple species with an extremely wide dynamic range. Read more

New About Hiden Analytical Video!

February 10, 2022

Take a look to learn more about our company, the team, our range of quadrupole mass spectrometers for vacuum gas, plasma and surface science and the range of application areas our products apply to. Watch the video

A compact tool for quantitative gas analysis

February 4, 2022

Hiden Analytical supplies precise and user-friendly tools for quantitative gas and vapour analysis. Our compact Hiden QGA system is a high performance gas analyser configured for real-time continuous monitoring of multiple species with an extremely wide dynamic range. With a compact footprint and simplified operation, the Hiden QGA satisfies the needs of users in research and production scale applications alike. Read more and watch the video

Understanding Surface Chemistry in Desorption & Oxidation

December 3, 2021

Surface chemistry is the study of the phenomenon and reactions taking place on the surfaces of substances. Surface chemistry is something that impacts industries in day to day lives. Read more

Low-temperature N2O decomposition catalysts

November 19, 2021

Nitrous oxide is known as a greenhouse gas and a severe contributor to ozone layer destruction, thus its decomposition into N2 and O2 is a topic of vital interest for catalytic chemistry. The most promising catalytic materials for direct N2O decomposition are based on cobalt spinels. For practical applications, due to the high price of cobalt, the spinel phase should be dispersed on a low-cost support, such as alumina extrudates. Despite the highly activity in N2O decomposition, the catalysts performance decreases in the presence of contaminants in the tail gases of nitric acid plants. Read more

Catalysis 101: Understanding Chemisorption

October 23, 2021

Chemical adsorption, also known as chemisorption is the process that results from a chemical bond between adsorbate molecules and particular surface locations on a material which are called active sites. This article will outline the process of chemisorption and its relationship to catalysis. Read more

Plasma Treatment of Medical-Grade Polymers

September 18, 2021

Plasma treatment of medical-grade polymers is a technique which is used to enhance their wettability as they are often challenging to print on and bond to because they have extremely low surface energy. Specialized plasma sampling mass spectrometers and Langmuir probes manufactured by Hiden assist the manufacture of plasma-modified medical-grade polymers by offering comprehensive plasma characterization. Read more

Next Generation Automotive Catalysts for Greener Roads

September 10, 2021

Each year, the number of vehicles on the road increases. However, society’s desire for more sustainable and environmentally friendly options is also increasing. Most people are aware of the impact of air pollution and how much cars contribute to this is a growing concern for consumers. Automotive catalysts were one of the first means of decreasing the levels of pollution that vehicles produced, and this article will discuss the future of automotive catalysts and their positive impact on the environment. Read more 

Operando Spectroscopy Characterization of Pt/Alumina Catalysts with Mechanistic Insights

August 19, 2021

Operando/in-situ spectroscopy as a powerful material characterization tool grows rapidly and shines light on various fields such as heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis and batteries.  The characterization of chemical and structural properties of catalytic materials under working conditions provide critical information on catalytic technologies and help develop a mechanistic understanding to support further advancements in their industrial application. In this work, we present an industrial example on how tailored operando spectroscopic methodologies were utilized to provide the insights in the heterogeneous catalysis area. Read more

Real Time Gas Analysis from Hiden Analytical

April 14, 2021

Trusted to deliver specialist gas analysis solutions worldwide, Hiden Analytical is one of the industry-leading gas analyser manufacturers for precision applications.
Gas analysis by mass spectrometry, is fast, sensitive and quantitative.
This animated video takes you through the steps of instrument set-up, the calibration routines which provide for quantitative analysis and data output.