Expertise and Services

The expert knowledge as well as the qualified laboratories of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) are appreciated and frequently used by industry. PSI provides a comprehensive range of Research- and Development-Services. A selection of them is listed in extracts (below), divided into different fields of applications.


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Neutron Imaging

Neutron Imaging: Powerful non-destructive testing method.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Eberhard Lehmann
eberhard.lehmann@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 63
C08, C05

Fluid dynamics Visualisation

Visualisation of fluid dynamics by means of Neutron Imaging.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Eberhard Lehmann
eberhard.lehmann@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 63
C08

Energy-selective Neutron Imaging

Energy-selective Neutron Imaging e.g. for visualisation of welding joints.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Eberhard Lehmann
eberhard.lehmann@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 63
C08

Magnetic property Visualisation

Investigate magnetic properties of materials by means of Muon Spin Rotation, Relaxation or Resonance.
Website (en)
Thomas Prokscha
thomas.prokscha@psi.ch
+41 56 310 42 75
C05

Time-of-Flight Diffractometer for Engineering

Non-destructive residual stress characterization and deformation behaviour by means of neutron diffractometer.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Steven Van Petegem
steven.vanpetegem@psi.ch
+41 56 310 25 37
C05

Single crystal diffractometer

Single crystal diffractometer.
Website (en)
Oksana Zaharko
oksana.zaharko@psi.ch
+41 56 310 46 33
C04

Neutron powder diffraction

Identification of cristalline structures of materials, in case depending on temperature or pressure.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Denis Cheptiakov
denis.cheptiakov@psi.ch
+41 56 310 30 70
C05

Fingerprints of Nanostructures

Nanostructures analysis (1 - 400nm) using neutrons.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Joachim Kohlbrecher
joachim.kohlbrecher@psi.ch
+41 56 310 31 65
C07

Dynamics in materials

Investigation of structural as well as dynamical properties of materials in almost any thermodynamical state.
Website (en)
Jan Peter Embs
jan.embs@psi.ch
+41 56 310 53 92
C05

Proton irradiation testing

Testing of electronic hardness and spacecraft components (e.g. semiconductors) with realistic proton spectra encountered in space. The testing facility It is one of ESA Center of Excellence and member of ECIF - European Component Irradiation Facilities. It is the only facility in Europe offering such a wide range of proton beams with respect to energies, fluxes and profiles. Every ESA Satellite Mission had its instruments tested at PSI.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Wojtek Hajdas
wojtek.hajdas@psi.ch
+41 56 310 42 12
C05

Electronics and measuring systems

Frontend-Electronics, chip- and boarddesign, real-time data acquisition systems (HW, FW, SW).
Website (en)
Niklaus Schlumpf
nick.schlumpf@psi.ch
+41 56 310 32 70
C01

Synchrotron Light powder diffraction

Rapid non-destructive analysis of multi-component mixtures, of materials not available in single crystals and the study of industrial compounds
Website (en)
Antonio Cervellino
antonio.cervellino@psi.ch
+41 56 310 46 11
C05

Surface and thin-film characterization

Unique tool for determining the detailed atomic structure of crystalline surfaces

Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Philipp Willmott
philip.willmott@psi.ch
+41 56 310 51 26
C05

Micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Experiments requiring high spatial resolution and investigations of time-dependent phenomena in the femtosecond time regime
Website (en)
Daniel Grolimund
daniel.grolimund@psi.ch
+41 56 310 47 82
C08

In-situ X-ray spectroscopy

Tool to study the atomic structure of non crystalline and nano-sized materials under reaction conditions.
Website (en)
Marteen Nachtegaal
maarten.nachtegaal@psi.ch
+41 56 310 30 56
C05

Protein Crystallography with synchrotron radiation

Protein Crystallography with synchrotron radiation
Website (en)
Meitian Wang
meitian.wang@psi.ch
+41 56 310 41 75
C04

Surface and interface investigations

Surface and interface investigations with Synchrotron Light
Website (en)
Luc Patthey
luc.patthey@psi.ch
+41 56 310 50 89
C05

Synchrotron Light Tomographic Microscopy

Powerful non-destructive visualisation of three dimensional (3D) internal structure and material properties of a variety of opaque samples
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Marco Stampanoni
marco.stampanoni@psi.ch  
+41 56 310 47 24
C08

Micro- and Nanofabrication

Micro- and Nanofabrication technologies and extensive experience under clean-room conditions including process equipment for lithography, pattern transfer, thin-film technology, metrology
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Martin Bednarzik
martin.bednarzik@psi.ch
+41 56 310 25 20
C07

High-Resolution Lithography

Serial writing and parallel printing of micro- and nanostructures down to 10nm resolution

Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Vitaly Guzenko
vitaliy.guzenko@psi.ch
+41 56 310 54 36
C07

High-Resolution Microscopy of Surfaces

Surface mapping from microscopic scale down to the size of atoms and molecules; optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Thomas Jung
thomas.jung@psi.ch
+41 56 310 45 18
C05 C07

Exhaust gas treatment

Screening, characterizing and testing of commercial and proprietary catalysts; catalysts for diesel engines exhaust gas treatment
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Oliver Kröcher
oliver.kroecher@psi.ch
+41 56 310 20 66
C02

In-situ investigation of catalytic processes

Screening, characterizing and testing of commercial and proprietary catalysts at transient or steady-state conditions. Developing heterogeneous catalysts (e.g. for CPOX, ATR, PROX, SCWG)
Website (en)
Maarten Nachtegaal
maarten.nachtegaal@psi.ch
+41 56 310 30 56
C02

Analysis of trace elements in process gases

Thermo Gravimeter Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (TG-ICP) for the analysis of trace elements in process gases
Website (en)
Christian Ludwig
christian.ludwig@psi.ch
+41 56 310 26 96
C03

Analysis of composition of fuel gases

Mobile Diagnostics Toolbox for Online and Offline Gas Analysis; simultaneous realtime measurements of condensable and non-condensable compounds in sampled gases
Website (en)
Serge Biollaz
serge.biollaz@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 23
C03

Solar concentrating reasearch facilities

Solar furnace and high-flux solar simulator; investigating novel solar receivers/reactors, testing advanced materials for efficient thermal and thermochemical conversion processes
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Anton Meier
anton.meier@psi.ch
+41 56 310 27 88
C11

Chemical reactor technology for high-temperature processes

Chemical reactor technology for high-temperature processes
Website (en)
Christian Wieckert
christian.wieckert@psi.ch
+41 56 310 44 07
C11

Combustion diagnostics

Determination of species concentrations, flow fields and temperature by means of laser-optical techniques; application of these techniques to combustion processes in gas turbines, internal combustion engines and laboratory burner
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Walter Hubschmid
walter.hubschmid@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 38
C02

Clean combustion - modeling and testing of catalytic reaction systems

Clean combustion technologies (low NOx and CO emissions), using either fuel-lean catalytic combustion (catalytically stabilized combustion, CST) or fuel-rich catalytic combustion (catalytic partial oxidation, CPO). Potential Applications: gas turbines of power generation systems from large scale down to micro-scale; chemical reaction systems at ambient & elevated pressure (up to 20bar)
Website (en)
Ioannis Mantzaras
ioannis.mantzaras@psi.ch
+41 56 310 40 46
C02

Combustion technologies

Experimental facilities for atmospheric and elevated pressure allowing detailed (time & spatially resolved) analysis of temperature, species and flow field via optical, non-intrusive measurement techniques directly applied to the reaction zone (e.g. flame front, heat release area)
Website (en)
Peter Jansohn
peter.jansohn@psi.ch
+41 56 310 28 71
C02

Mobile laboratory for the investigation and characterization of trace gases and aerosol particles

The PSI mobile laboratory is designed to measure spatial distributions of air pollutants including trace gases (e.g. ozone, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide) and
particulate matter. Aerosol mass spectrometry and light absorption measurement techniques allow for source apportionment of organic aerosols and black carbon
Website (en)
André Prévôt
andre.prevot@psi.ch
+41 56 310 42 02
C03

Investigation of radioactive materials

Safe handling, characterization and analysis of highly toxic radioactive substances in different shape and size with advanced analytical tools
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Didier Gavillet
didier.gavillet@psi.ch
+41 56 310 22 82
C09

Investigation of highly radioactive nuclear fuels, components and other materials

Testing of radioactive samples (field of application: nuclear power plants, research institutes etc.). Analysis of different materials. Typical investigations: irradiation-induced materials degradation on an atomic and microstructural level
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Johannes Bertsch
johannes.bertsch@psi.ch
+41 56 310 41 73
C09

Simulation of complex, three-dimensional flow fields in components of power and process plant equipment

Our laboratory offers all kinds of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with commercial and in-house codes, applied to conventional and nuclear power plants as well as to chemical process engineering problems. The simulations can include non-reactive and reactive fluid components and other phenomena
Website (en)
Horst-Michael Prasser
horst-michael.prasser@psi.ch
+41 56 310 27 28
C09

Thermal fluid-dynamic simulations of safety relevant processes in nuclear power plants

Coarse-mesh codes and Computational Fluid Dynamic Codes are used to predict the behavior of Nuclear Power Plants in case of different kinds of accidents. The available methods can be used in other fields of technology as well. Computer simulations can be validated by the help of large-scale experiments at prototypal conditions
Website (en)
Horst-Michael Prasser
horst-michael.prasser@psi.ch
+41 56 310 27 28
C09

Geochemical evolution of waste disposal systems

Our state-of-the-art infrastructure supports laboratory measurements and spectroscopic studies with radioactive tracers. These experimental data and numerical models are used to assess the geochemical evolution of repository systems and to understand the transport and retardation mechanisms of radionuclides in technical barriers and geological environments
Website (en)
Michael Bradbury, Sergey Churakov
mike.bradbury@psi.ch, sergey.churakov@psi.ch
+41 56 310 2290 bzw. 4113
C09

Human performance analysis in safety and reliability studies

To optimize the human response to abnormal conditions and minimize the human error potential, methods to identify likely human errors and estimate their probabilities are applied
Website (en)
Vinh N. Dang
vinh.dang@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 67
C09

Safety analyses of novel systems

Probabilistic safety analyses not only provide overall risk estimates but also support safety management by identifying the most important sources of risk and the strengths and weaknesses of the safety precautions and systems. With adaptations, the methods used for nuclear power plant safety comprise a powerful toolbox
Website (en)
Vinh N. Dang
vinh.dang@psi.ch
+41 56 310 29 67
C09

Orbital welding of stainless steel tubes

Application mainly in the field of tube construction (plant- and apparatus construction in the food-, pharmaceutical- and chemical industry) particularly advantageous for circular weldings under limited space conditions. Main focuses: orbital welding of thin or large pipes without or with cold wire supply.
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Michael Strittmatter, Andre Weber
michael.strittmatter@psi.ch; andre.weber@psi.ch
+41 56 310 30 35 bzw. 3747
C06

Vacuum brazing

Components with complex or rotational symmetric geometries to be soldered permanently in special equipped vacuum chambers. Advantageous particularly for applications of specific clean room quality.
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Electron beam welding

Application particularly with regard to high melting metallic materials. Field of application: accelerator technology, sensor technology, automotive manufacture, medical technology etc.
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Laser welding

Two pulsed Nd:YAG-Laser systems are available for various welding applications. Field of application: Connecting of stainless steel, aluminium and special metals.
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Efficient cleaning of all huge and complex components. Primarily cleaning of components of stainless steel, aluminium, copper, but also glas and ceramics
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Nuclide-specific analysis in radioanalytic laboratories

Application of radioisotope determinations in various areas based on non-destructive direct measurement by means of gamma spectrometry as well as on chromatographic separations including additions of radiotracers. Analyzed are particle radiation emitters (alpha, beta) as well as photon radiation emitters (gamma and x-rays).
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Jost Eikenberg
jost.eikenberg@psi.ch
+41 56 310 23 40
C10

Federal collection of MIF/MIR radioactive waste

The PSI runs the federal collection centre pursuant to Article 87 of the StSV for radioactive waste from medicine, industry and research. The PSI takes radioactive waste, stores and conditions it and provides the temporary storage until there is a geological repository available
Website (en)
Hans-Frieder Beer
hans-frieder.beer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 37 94
C09

3D-Plotter - Rapid Prototyping

Production of complex prototypes consisting of ABS with the 3D Printer "Dimension Elite" based on available CAD-data.
Website (en)
Flyer (D)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Laser Engraving

Engraving of metals, ceramics or plastics with letter sizes starting at 0.2 mm.

Website (en)
Heinrich Blumer
heinrich.blumer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 34 79
C06

Accredited laboratory for personnel dosimetry, in-vivo measurement of radioactivity and ambient dosimetry

Evaluation of personal and ambiant dose for photon, beta and neutron radiation with various adapted dosimeter types (thermoluminescence, direct ion storage, CR39 solide state or fission track detectors).Measurement of radioactivities in the human body by means of a body counter or in the thyroid gland by means of a thyroid counter. Official laboratory STS 491, accredited following ISO 17025 for following domains: personal dosimetry for external or internal exposure, in vivo measurement of radioactivities, environmental dosimetry.
Website (en)
Markus Boschung
markus.boschung@psi.ch
+41 56 310 41 04
C10

Accredited calibration laboratory for radiation protection instruments

"Our services for external customers such as Swiss nuclear power plants include:
- Calibration and verification of radiation protection instruments
- Irradiations using photon and neutron reference radiation fields
- Inspection and testing of instruments, expertises and consultancy
The calibration certificate of the PSI calibration laboratory is recognised within the European Union. Official laboratory SIS 034 accredited according to ISO 17020, for following technical domains: calibration of dose and dose rate measuring instruments for photons and neutrons; calibration of radon gas measuring instruments and inspection of passive radon detectors by means of intercomparison measurements; Calibration laboratory accredited following ISO 17025 for following quantities: dose equivalent, activity, surface activity, activity concentration and radon concentration."
Website (en)
Herbert Hödlmoser
herbert.hoedlmoser@psi.ch
+41 56 310 28 79
C10

Accredited laboratory for the radioanalytical measurement of immission, releases and incorporation (in-vivo) monitoring probes

Official laboratory SIS 173 accredited according to ISO 17025, for following domains: monitoring of incorporations (urine, faeces); monitoring of immissions (air filter and environmental probes from water, soil and grass); monitoring of radioactive release and effluents to the environment of PSI.
Website (en)
Jost Eikenberg
jost.eikenberg@psi.ch
+41 56 310 23 40
C10

Accredited inspection body for the evaluation, the planification and the implementation of protective measures in the frame of radiation protection

Inspection body SIS 034 accredited according to ISO 17020, for following technical domains: radiological assessment with stationary and mobile measuring equipment; radiological evaluation aimed at the clearance of materials and localities; assessment of the transportability when shipping and receiving in-house transfers of radioactive materials between the PSI-sites.
Website (en)
Albert Fuchs
albert.fuchs@psi.ch
+41 56 310 44 87
C10

Accredited inspection body as an emergency response service for small scale radiological events

Inspection body SIS 034 accredited according to ISO 17020, for following technical domains: radiological assessment with stationary and mobile measuring equipment in the framework of emergency response duties (on-site radiological evaluation aimed at the clearance of materials and localities).
Website (en)
Albert Fuchs
albert.fuchs@psi.ch
+41 56 310 44 87
C10

Accredited inspection body for the assessment and the operation of national and international transports of radioactive material

Inspection body SIS 034 accredited according to ISO 17020, for following technical domains: Assessment of the transportability when shipping or receiving national and international transports of radioactive materials.
Website (en)
Yves Lörtscher
yves.loertscher@psi.ch
+41 56 310 23 50
C10

Advisory bodyimplementation of legal requirements in the frame of health&safety, occupational health,fire prevention, environmental protection and safeguard


Website (en)
Yves Lörtscher
yves.loertscher@psi.ch
+41 56 310 23 50
C10

Hot and cold GMP facilities

In our GMP certified Labs within and outside the radioprotection Zone as well as i n our grade A, B and C clean rooms we can offer tailored Research & Development as well as Production Services for e.g. the Manufacturing of sterile radiopharmaceuticals for clinical trials
Website (en)
Susanne Geistlich Schmidlin
susanne.geistlich@psi.ch
+41 56 310 28 84
C04

PSI Protein Production Facility

The PSI Protein Production Facility offers cloning, protein production in bacterial, yeast, insect and mammalian cells and recombinant protein purification. For membrane protein expression and purification, the facility is accessible for the user community via Biostruct-X (http://www.biostruct-x.eu)
Website (en)
Richard Alfred Kammerer
richard.kammerer@psi.ch
+41 56 310 47 65
C04

SLS Crystallisation Facility at beamline X06DA

"The SLS Crystallisation Facility is located at Swiss Light Source (SLS) and offers a unique combination of macromolecular crystallisation services including the crystallization in lipidic cubic phases (LCP). Its integration in the beamline X06DA (PXIII) allows the direct transfer of crystallisation experiments from the plate storage hotel (Formulatrix RockImager 1000) to the X-ray beam (in situ X-ray diffraction screening): crystallisation experiments can be tested without any manipulation. Advice and technical assistance in protein crystallisation are provided as well.
Website (en)
Flyer (E)
Vincent Olieric
vincent.olieric@psi.ch
+41 56 310 52 33
C04



Contact

Technology Transfer
Giorgio Travaglini

Telephone:
+41 56 310 27 21
E-mail:
techtransfer@psi.ch