Research Facilities

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Materials and Surface Characterisation

Characterisation of porous materials and catalysts

  • Capillary flow porometer
  • Chemisorption
  • Temperature programmed reduction and oxidation
  • BET Isotherms
  • Membrane testing facility

Chemical analysis and reaction technology

  • Liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas chromatography with FID/WLD/MS-coupling, enantio-selective GC
  • FT-IR spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis-NIP spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis-Fluorescence microreader
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)
  • Ion chromatography
  • Particle size and zeta-potential measurements using dynamic light scattering
  • Rheometer
  • Coulombmetric Karl Fischer titration
  • Reaction calorimetry
  • Determination of organic carbon (TOC)
  • Micro-reaction testing equipment
  • Autoclaves (-77 to 500°C, 0 to 345 bar)

Electrochemical methods

  • Current density potential curves
  • Cyclovoltammetry (CV)
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Electrochemical quartz crystal micro-balance (EQCM)
  • Rotating ring-disk electrode
  • Spectro-electrochemistry (UV-Vis-NIR)
  • High voltage-/ high current potentiostat for anodising
  • Electrode test apparatus
  • Battery test system

Manufacturing methods

  • Nd-YAG Laser for micro-manufacturing
  • Mechanical precision machining tools
  • Single and four source sputtering facility
  • Sintering furnaces
  • Induction furnaces
  • IR-heaters
  • Dip coating facilities
  • Screen printing machines
  • Spraying system with ultrasonic head
  • Laboratory hot press
  • Vacuum induction melting furnace (up to 2000°C)
  • Arc melting furnace (up to 3000°C)

Biotechnological methods

  • Genetic engineering laboratories with security level S1 and S2
  • Parallel fermentation systems with computer based measurement and control technology
  • Fully equipped laboratory reactors from 150 mL up to 42 L volume
  • Microtiter plate cultivation system
  • Downstream processing unit operations, e.g. membrane modules for organophilic pervaporation and perstraction (in-situ product removal), cross flow units, freeze drying units
  • Complete molecular biological facilities (PCR-machines, gel documentation, electroporator, micro-photometer)
  • Diverse rotating incubators including microtiter plate incubators
  • UV-Vis-spectrometer (sensitivity in the nanolitre range)
  • Electroporation
  • Flow cytometry (Fluorescence-activated cell sorting, FACS)
  • Liquid chromatography for rapid purification of proteins (FPLC)
  • Micro-manipulator
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