Research Laboratories

Scientific discoveries and technological developments begin in the lab

The rapid advancement of scientific discoveries requires advanced methods of data collection and analysis. Each Alicat mass flow device is highly accurate, repeatable, and easily reconfigurable for use in a variety of experiments.

  • Easy data collection & analysis. The integrated display, LabVIEW support, Python drivers, and FlowVision software provide a simple way to control, communicate, and log data.
  • Efficiency & flexible. Change a setpoint, switch to a different gas, record in different units, and control mass flow or pressure – directly at the bench, with no recalibration required.
  • Multivariate measurement & control. One device measures mass flow, volumetric flow, line temperature, and line pressure.

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Full applications engineering support

Our expert team of applications engineers is available to determine the best mass flow or pressure solution for any experiment, explain how our devices work, assist with troubleshooting, and more. Reach out via phone, email, or online chat for assistance.

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Alicats are cited in peer-reviewed literature on topics from carbon capture to polymer synthesis to surfactant characterization

Biosphere 2 was built to simulate the original biosphere – Earth! In 2019, an 80-scientist team used Alicat mass flow controllers to release carbon dioxide spiked with an isotopic tracer into a rainforest biome to study the impacts of climate change on tropical rainforests.

Cryogenic temperatures are highly dependent on pressure. Boiloff can be tightly controlled in dewars using back pressure or active headspace pressure control.

The Veloce echelle spectrograph confirms and measures the mass of previously unknown planets. Dr. James Gilbert of the Australian National University needed pressure stability of 5 mbar in an 1800 L volume with significant leaks.

Inchfab is creating ultra-low cost, high performance fabrication tools. Improving process control conditions & heat transfer between chuck assemblies lets them achieve greater repeatability and spatial uniformity.

Birds and mammals both produce sound using the MEAD mechanism. Dr. Coen Elemans and his team used a dual-valve pressure controller to study the aerodynamics of vocal tissue oscillations.

Alicat mass flow control system, showing (front to back) the BB9 distribution box, 3 standard mass flow controllers, 2 anti-corrosive controllers and an anti-corrosive mass flow meter
Mass Flow Controllers in Gas Mixing

Go in-depth on mass flow and pressure

Our website is full of informative articles about the physics of mass flow, types of gas flow instruments, detailed descriptions of Alicat multi-gas calibration accuracy, and much more! There are also many troubleshooting guides and tutorials.

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Highly customized Alicat pressure controller with dual hammerhead valves