Instruments and Tools

Test facilities

  • Computer controlled fuel cell test facilities for power dissipation up to 5 kW
  • Computer controlled battery test facilities for up to 300 cells
  • Computer controlled supercapacitor test facilities for cycle or hold tests
  • Tensile testing for membranes (Materials Tester Zwick/Roell Z005 with climate chamber)

In-situ analytical tools

  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (Solatron/EG&G, Zahner)
  • Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry (DEMS)
  • Electrochemical in situ X-ray diffraction (in collaboration with Materials Science Beamline at SLS)
  • FTIR Spectrometer (Perkin Elmer System 2000, Brucker Vertex 70v) with electrochemical in situ cell
  • Raman Microscope (HORIBA Jobin Yvon) with electrochemical in situ cell
  • Combined Raman and FTIR Microscope (HORIBA Jobin Yvon) with electrochemical in situ cells
  • Scanning Probe Microscopes (Molecular Imaging) with electrochemical in situ AFM and STM facility
  • Electrochemical Dilatometer (Electrode expansion, EL-CELL GmbH)

Other analytical tools

  • XPS/AES Photoelectron Spectrometer (Escalab 220i XL) with SAM and XPS imaging, LEED, TPD, high-pressure, high-temperature reaction chamber.
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • TGA and DSC calorimetric analysis
  • Gas Adsorption
  • HPLC
  • Gas-Chromatography


  • Membrane preparation facilities (area 25 x 25 cm2)
  • Standard electrochemical equipment (CV, EIS, RRD, galvanostatic charge/discharge)
  • Infrastructure for non-aqueous electrochemistry (glove box, electrochemical cells)
  • Karl Fischer Test (Water content determination)