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Facilities

Ohio University’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research has over 4000 square feet of total space with over $4 million of equipment for laboratory, computational, and administrative uses. For more information, contact CEERFacilities@ohio.edu
Surface Analysis
Equipment Properties Hourly Usage Rate*
Hourly Training Rate*
Links
Transmission Electron Microscope
Coming Soon
X-Ray Diffractometer
Powder and thin film diffraction

Customized electrochemical cell capability
$45 $75 (2 hour minimum)
Atomic Force Microcope/Scanning Tunneling Microscope
Demonstrated resolution on the order of fractions of a nanometer

Ideal for electrochemistry, nanolithography, polymers, life and material science applications

$50 (first hour)

$33 (additional hour)

$58 (first hour)

$41 (additional hour)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
Coupled with Hyperion 3000 microscope

High optical resolution: < 0.07 cm-1

$20 $44
Raman Spectrometer
Compact design with spectrometer included in a a confocal microscope

Multiple lasers with differing wavelengths: 532 nm and 785 nm

$13 $36  
Data Analysis
$36
*For non-Ohio University users, contact CEERFacilities@ohio.edu

Electrode Fabrication
Equipment Properties Hourly Usage Rate* Hourly Training Rate* Links
 Table Top Plating Line Two separate plating lines available

Six 3-gallon polypropylene tanks per plating line



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Hot Press
20-ton hydraulic press

Heated press plates



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*For non-Ohio University users, contact CEERFacilities@ohio.edu

Electrochemical Characterization
Equipment Properties Hourly Usage Rate*
Hourly Training Rate*
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Potentiostat Coupled with frequency analyzer for impedance studies

High Resolution measurements with current and potentials as low as 1.5 nA and 3µV respoectively



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Fuel Cell Testing System
For single or multi-cell stack of Protong Echange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Maximum load of 4 kW at 200 Amperes.




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Bench Scale System for Coal Electrolysis
Custom built bench scale testing system with solution reservoirs, a coal electrolytic cell, pumps, condensers, gas collectors and temperature controllers

Continuously operational with temperatures up to and exceeding 120°C



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Modulated Speed Rotator and Rotating Disk Electrodes Ability to use multiple RDE tips within the same electrode or the same RDE tip with different disk samples

Electrode connections make use of silver-carbon brushes as opposed to mercury



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*For non-Ohio University users, contact CEERFacilities@ohio.edu

Chemical Analysis
Equipment Properties Hourly Usage Rate* Hourly Training Rate* Links
Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Robust, flexible and realiable system operated with acetylene as fuel

Automatic burning and gas controls with easy operation via WinLab32

$15 $38 Request Usage
Agilent Gas Chromatograph
Equipped with electron capture and flame ionization detector

Oven temperature up to 450 °C with ramping rates from 0 - 120 °C/min



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SRI Gas Chromatograph
Equipped with thermal conductivity detector and two columns

Oven temperature ramps from room temperature to 400 °C



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Mettler Microbalance Hands-free operation

2.1 g capacity with 0.1µg readability



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Braun Glove Box
Two ante-chambers with an inert atmosphere created using either argon or nitrogen

Attainable purities of water and oxygen gas of <1ppm each



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Parr Calorimeter Microprocessor controlled with compact modular design and a removable oxygen bomb

Controlled calorimeter jacket to determine heat leaks via instantaneous temperature measurements



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Perkin-Elmer Elemental Analyzer
Rapid determination of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen content in materials

Fully automated with a 60 position autosample and user friendly interface



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Micromeritics Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer
Uses gas adsorption techniqies to measure the surface are and porosity of solid materials

Capable of analyzing multiple samples independently



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Accu-Scope Inverted Microscope
Microscope with objectives of 5x, 10x, 20x and 40x equipped with Pixelink digitalcamera


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Buchi Rotovapor

Includes library with operating conditions for different solvents for optimum performance 

Can operate at relatively low temperatures using attached vacuum pump


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*For non-Ohio University users, contact CEERFacilities@ohio.edu

Modeling
Equipment Properties
Crystal Use of localized basis sets for wave functions of periodic systems from 0 to 3 dimensions

Automated to handle space symmetry with 230 space groups, 80 plane groups, 99 rod groups, and 45 point groups available

Femlab Finite element analysis software with user-friendly interface

Specific applications for fuel cells, batteries, electrodeposition, microfluidics and other electrochemical systems

Gaussian and Gaussview
Chemistry software for performing electronic structure calculations for both periodic and non-periodic systems

User-friendly interface for building compounds and analyses of results including geometrical and vibrational properties

Aspen Plus
Used in the design, simulation and optimization of small and large scale chemical process

Can be interfaced with Fortran and Microsoft Excel for recursive calculations

Maple Computer program for performing mathematical calculations and developing mathematical routines

Large library of applications and well-developed graphical interface

Materials Studio
Access to amorphous cell and forcite plus modules

Includes graphical user interface for creating input and analyzing results


General Fabrication
Equipment Properties
Precision Diamond Saw
Precision sectioning of ceramics, metals and electronic components

Operational with a maximumg speed of 500 rpm

Micro-Abrasive Sandblaster
Pinpoint beam of micro-abrasives for precision cleaning of surfaces

Safe operating environment ensured by a "turbo-cab" blasting cabinet

Resistance Spot Welder
Welds different metals without adding solders or filler materials

Can be used with thickness as low as ¼-in diameter

Grinder
Grinds coal particles into fine powders

Use of a porcelain jar and ZrO2 balls ensures no contamination

Pulverizer Crush coal lumps into smaller particles

Can handle up to 1 kg coal samples

Sieve Shaker
Screens coal powder by particle size ranging from 38 µm - 1mm
Ultrasonic Bath
Reproducible conditions based on constant power and frequency

Stainless Steel body with built-in temperature control


Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
165 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: (740) 593-9670
ceer@ohio.edu

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