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About Our Equipment

Our research center houses a range of cutting-edge equipment, much of which we also make available to university and external researchers. For more information about the equipment listed or our analytical services, contact ceerfacilities@ohio.edu. To discuss using our equipment, submit a analytical services request form.

Materials Characterization (with in situ electrochemical analyses)

  • Transmission Electron Microscope 
  • X-Ray Diffractometer 
  • Atomic Force Microscope/Scanning Tunneling Microscope 
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer 
    • Coupled with Hyperion 3000 microscope 
    • High optical resolution: < 0.07 cm-1 
  • Raman Spectrometer 
    • Compact design with spectrometer included in a confocal microscope 
    • Multiple lasers with differing wavelengths: 532 nm and 785 nm 

Electrode Fabrication 

  • Table Top Plating Line 
    • Two separate plating lines available 
    • Six 3-gallon polypropylene tanks per plating line 
  • Hot Press 
    • 20-ton hydraulic press 
    • Heated press plates 

Electrochemical Characterization 

  • Potentiostat 
    • Coupled with frequency analyzer for impedance studies 
    • High Resolution measurements with current and potentials as low as 1.5 nA and 3µV respectively 
  • Fuel Cell Testing System 
    • For single or multi-cell stack of Proton Echange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. 
    • Maximum load of 4 kW at 200 Amperes. 
  • 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 
  • 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

Chemical Analysis 

  • 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 
  • 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 SRI Gas Chromatograph Equipped with thermal conductivity detector and two columns
    • Oven temperature ramps from room temperature to 400 °C 
  • Mettler Microbalance 
    • Hands-free operation 
    • 2.1 g capacity with 0.1µg readability 
  • 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
  • Parr Calorimeter
    • Microprocessor controlled with compact modular design and a removable oxygen bomb
    • Controlled calorimeter jacket to determine heat leaks via instantaneous temperature measurements
  • 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
  • Micromeritics Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer
    • Uses gas adsorption techniques to measure the surface are and porosity of solid materials
    • Capable of analyzing multiple samples independently
  • Accu-Scope Inverted Microscope
    • Microscope with objectives of 5x, 10x, 20x and 40x equipped with Pixelink digital camera
  • Buchi Rotovapor
    • Includes library with operating conditions for different solvents for optimum performance
    • Can operate at relatively low temperatures using attached vacuum pump

Modeling

  • 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

  • Precision Diamond Saw
    • Precision sectioning of ceramics, metals and electronic components
    • Operational with a maximum 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

CEER makes our state-of-the-art equipment available for use by the university community and other research entities. To take advantage of our analytical services, submit a analytical services request form.