Welcome to the Electrochemistry Laboratory (LEC)

The Electrochemistry Laboratory (LEC), established 1988, is part of the General Energy Research Department (ENE) at the Paul Scherrer Institute. The laboratory comprises two sections and 5 interacting groups that deal with almost all aspects of electrochemical energy storage and conversion.
PSI’s Electrochemistry Laboratory is Switzerland’s largest Center for Electrochemical Research.


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PSI Electrochemistry Symposium

30th PSI Electrochemistry Symposium
Topic: Oxygen: Airborne Energy Conversion and Storage
May 07, 2014
Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI
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Ice in fuel cells imaged directly for the first time

Media Release June 16, 2014

Fuel cell know-how from the Paul Scherrer Institute at the core of the SBB minibar

Media Release April 4, 2014

The Paul Scherrer Institute runs two of the energy competence centres (SCCERs) of the Swiss government

Media Release December 12, 2013

Fuel cell membrane from the Paul Scherrer Institute better than its commercial counterparts

Media Release November 28, 2013

Zukünftige Computerchips mit "elektronischem Blutkreislauf"

Media Release November 14, 2013

Five times less platinum: fuel cells could become economically more attractive thanks to novel aerogel catalyst.

Media Release August 08, 2013

An ultrathin energy storage device made of carbon

Media Release April 26, 2013

Memory effect now also found in lithium-ion batteries

Media Release April 14, 2013

Annual Report

Annual Report 2013

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Scientific Highlight

June, 2013

Dosing Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry (D-DEMS) for Li-O2 Batteries

The high-energy rechargeable Li-O2 battery has been subject to intensive research worldwide during the past years. The Li-O2 cell mainly comprises a negative (e.g. Li metal) and positive (e.g. porous carbon) electrode separated by an electronically insulating, but Li+ conducting electrolyte layer. In order to study the cell chemistry, a differential electrochemical mass spectrometry setup based on a set of valves, a pressure sensor and a quadrupole mass spectrometer has been developed. On galvanostatic discharge, oxygen dissolves in the non-aqueous electrolyte, reduces at the porous carbon surface to form mainly Li2O2, as determined from the linear decrease in the oxygen pressure corresponding to a ratio of 2e- per O2 consumed. On charge, the discharge product is oxidized, the lithium ions return to the negative electrode and oxygen gas evolves. Although the oxygen evolution rate initially reaches 2e-/O2, it rapidly drops as the cell over-potential increases. In addition, the evolution of CO2 at 4.3 V vs Li+/Li clearly demonstrates the existence of parasitic side reactions. The D-DEMS, as successfully developed at PSI, is a key tool for analyzing the O2 gas usage, without which conclusions on the cell rechargeability can hardly be drawn.

Presentation slides
Publication: ECL Annual Report 2012

Further publications: Lithium batteries - Phase Boundaries

Header Picture:

Nickel foam covered by Sb particles used for negative electrode in Li-ion batteries.


Electrochemistry Laboratory
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen-PSI

Prof. Dr. Th. J. Schmidt
Telephone: +41 56 310 57 65

Cordelia Gloor
Telephone: +41 56 310 29 19

LEC Events

The Electrochemistry Laboratory holds a seminar typically once a week during the semester on Wednesdays at 4.00pm in ODRA/111
Tailoring the future of surface electrochemistry
Speaker: Dr. Nenad Markovic, visitor, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont IL, USA
Moderator: T.J. Schmidt
*Monday* 8 September 2014 13-14h
Water as promoter and catalysts: dioxygen electrochemistry in aqueous and organic environments
Speaker: ENE-Seminar / Dr. Nenad Markovic, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont IL, USA
Moderator: T.J. Schmidt
*Tuesday* 9 September 2014 13-14h
Ion containing polymers for fuel cells and batteries: where polymer-chemistry meets electrochemistry
Speaker: Dr. habil. Klaus-Dieter Kreuer, visitor, Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
Moderator: T.J. Schmidt, L. Gubler
Wednesday 10 September 2014

Application of oxide-based catalysts in membrane electrode assembly
Speaker: Alexandra Pătru
Moderator: tbd
Wednesday 17 September 2014

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