QCLs for Industrial and Environmental Applications

Block's quantum cascade lasers are designed for use in a variety of industrial, process control, and environmental detection instruments. QCLs allow for near-instantaneous standoff identification and analysis of chemicals and chemical properties.

In the growing field of bioreactors, QCLs can be used to monitor real-time reactions. In oil and gas applications, laser-based instruments are quickly replacing traditional gas chromatographs, allowing for analysis of hydrocarbons and BTU/Wobbe measurements. In semiconductor and other clean-room manufacturing environments, QCLs allow for detection of toxic chemicals and assist with quality control measurements.

Wastewater analysis is becoming a crucial tool for process control, and to assist with disease detection and early response. Block's lasers allow for monitoring of pathogens, opiates, contaminants, and chemicals in both drinking water and waste streams.

The following is a list of industrial and environmental applications that can benefit from using an infrared laser-based analyzer.

Industrial Applications

  • Petrochemical process monitoring
  • Biogas, ammonia, formaldehyde, petrochemical gas detection
  • Food/dairy process monitoring
  • Environmental gas sensing applications such as:
  • volatile organic compounds
  • hydrocarbons (methane, propane, butane)
  • Monitoring water and wastewater for nitrates, phosphates, pathogens, hydrocarbons, opiates
  • Detection of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air and water
  • Gas leaks in industrial and chemical processes
  • Semiconductor quality control, gas leak detection
  • Ellipsometry
  • Additive manufacturing process and quality control
  • Analysis of plant diseases
  • Food contamination and quality control
  • Bioreactor process monitoring

Please contact us to discuss your application needs, or visit our products page for technical information on our laser products.