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 4 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.
Memory effect now also found in lithium-ion batteries
The Annual Report 2012
of the Electrochemistry Laboratory is available (see below).
One-Day-Symposium Electrochemistry Laboratory
29th One-Day-Symposium Electrochemistry Laboratory
Topic: Insight from the Inside: Imaging Electrochemical Systems
April 24, 2013
Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI
Program, Poster Contributions, Registration, ...
Annual Report 2012
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Radiation grafted membranes developed at PSI outlast state-of-the art commercial membranes in the fuel cell
Components for the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) are required to show high performance and durability under application relevant conditions. Furthermore, for commercial viability the materials and processes for component fabrication need to be of los cost. The polymer electrolyte membrane developed at PSI on the basis of the radiation grafting technique has the potential of being produced in cost-effective manner. In recent years, we have collaborated with the Belenos Clean Power to further develop the membrane to commercial competitiveness. We managed, by careful analysis and optimization of the synthesis conditions, to close the performance gap to commercial membranes (Nafion). The durability of the PSI membranes was evaluated in a dynamic (accelerated) test to simulate an automotive cycle. Our membrane showed a durability much superior to that of the unreinforced commercial Nafion 212 membrane. It even outlasted the reinforced and chemically stabilized Nafion XL-100 membrane, a state-of-the-art material for challenging automotive applications. Beyond fuel cells, the radiation grafting technology can be adapted to design polymer electrolyte materials for other electrochemical applications of current and future interest, such as water electrolyzers, redox flow batteries and next-generation lithium batteries.
Water droplets on the surface of a gas diffusion layer for fuel cells during contact angle measurement.
Paul Scherrer Institut
Prof. Dr. Th. J. Schmidt
+41 56 310 57 65
+41 56 310 29 19
The Electrochemistry Laboratory holds a seminar typically once a week during the semester on Wednesdays at 4.00pm in ODRA/111
Moderator: T.J. Schmidt/R. Kötz
*Tuesday* 21 May 2013
Characterization of O2 diffusive losses in the gas diffusion layer (GDL) of the PEFC by means of simplified flow field patterns
Speaker: Pierre Oberholzer
Moderator: L. Gubler
Wednesday 22 May 2013
General Energy Research Department at PSI
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