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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

31st PSI Electrochemistry Symposium
Topic: Electrochemical Energy Storage: A Key for Future Energy Systems
May 06, 2015
Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI
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Das Kompetenzzentrum Speicherung zieht nach einem Jahr Bilanz

Media Release November 14, 2014

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:

Flower-like electrolyte decomposition products on the surface of polypropylene Li-S battery separator.


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
Lithium iron methylene diphosphonate, a new organic-inorganic hybrid material for Li-ion batteries
Speaker: Sebastian Schmidt
Moderator: S. Sallard
Wednesday 25 February 2015

Novel electrocatalysts for application in fuel cells and electrolyzers
Speaker: Xi Cheng
Moderator: E. Fabbri
Wednesday 4 March 2015

Electrolytes for lithium Ion batteries: A mechanistic understanding
Speaker: Prof. Brett Lucht, visitor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI, USA
Moderator: P. Novák
Wednesday 11 March 2015 9-10h
SCCER Heat & Electricity Storage 2nd Symposium
Speaker: several speakers
Moderator: T.J.Schmidt/J.Roth
Tuesday 5 May 2015 09:00-17:15h
PSI Auditorium West WHGA/001
31st PSI Electrochemistry Symposium Electrochemical Energy Storage: A Key for Future Energy Systems
Speaker: 5 speakers
Moderator: T.J. Schmidt
Wednesday 6 May 2015 09:00-16:15h
PSI Auditorium West WHGA/001

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