Industrial Materials Analysis

Materials analysis provides information on the materials’ chemical, physical and structural composition as well as their intrinsic characteristics, e.g. chemical, physical or mechanical properties and by this allows the optimization of usage of materials in industrials processes and applications.

HEMCP unites a unique collection of devices and analytical methods to analyse a wide range of materials with a special focus on energy applications and a high attention to in-situ methods close to preparation or operation conditions.

The combination of analytical tools enables us to answer complex analytical questions on all length scales and concentration levels.

Materials under investigation:

Materials for fuel cells, batteries, catalysis and electronic devices (e.g. transistors), high-T alloys, nuclear materials, ceramics, organic/inorganic compounds and polymers

Some of the analytical tools require special sample properties, treatments or preparation methods.

All analytical tools are open for collaboration projects and industrial partners are invited for various ways of collaborations, please feel free to contact us.


Examples for typical analytical questions:

Element analysis on the atomic scale combined with in-situ chemical and structural analysis in the nm-range, e.g.

  • 3D view of nanosize inclusions and different phase distribution
  • Concentration profiles at interfaces and segregation of impurities at grain boundaries
  • Distribution of dopants in e.g. semiconductor layers, quantum wells, dots and nanowires
  • Characterization in terms of spatial distribution, size distribution, number density, structure and chemical composition of nano-oxide particles
  • Characterization of type, spatial distribution, size distribution, number density of neutron and ion irradiation-induced nanostructural features, e.g. dislocation loops and voids, in e.g. Fe-based alloys
  • Observation of the interaction of gliding dislocations with nano-oxide particles and irradiation-induced features under mechanical stresses
  • Surface reactions in gaseous media at high temperature.
  • Analyzing of phase, structure and/or orientation of powder, films, layer architectures and bulk materials at high temperatures
  • In-situ analysis of film and interface formation including electronic, structural and (electro-) chemical properties of photovoltaic systems or semiconductor devices
  • Materials testing at cryogenic temperature to characterize mechanical fracture or thermal behavior
  • Hydrogen loading/deloading kinetics
  • Fibre/matrix bonding
  • Structural defects in sustainable energy materials and their effect on functionality, e.g.
    • Investigation of point or nanoscale defects in solids during in-situ ion irradiation and annealing
    • Determining gas (hydrogen) distributions in solids after loading

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