Technical Equipment and Methods

The DECHEMA Corrosion Center offers a wide range of state-of-the-art technical equipment and methods, which are available within the framework of projects and industrial cooperation.

Metallography and Characterization


  • Classical and non-aqueous metallography incl. target preparation
  • Interference Layer Metallography
  • Light/ Optical microscopy and stereomicroscopes (Leica)
  • Scanning electron microscopes with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) (Hitachi Flex SEM 1000II), as well as electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), scanning transmission detector (STEM) and in-situ high temperature stage (Hitachi SU 5000)
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) with wavelength dispersive X-ray analysis (WDS) (JEOL JXA-8100)
  • Scanning electron microscopes with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS) (Hitachi Flex SEM 1000II)
  • Spark Emission Spectrometer (OES) (Ametek SPECTROMAXx)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) (Varian AA 240 FS)
  • Mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-MS), optionally with upstream ion chromatography
  • Ion chromatography (anions and cations)
  • Structural Analysis
  • X-ray diffractometer (XRD) with Göbel mirror and in-situ high temperature analysis (Bruker D8 Advance)
  • Confocal Raman microscope with in-situ spectroscopy (Renishaw RE 04)

Surface Characterization

  • Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) (Leica TCS SP8)
  • Contact angle measurement (also for temperatures up to 1200 °C)
  • Profilometer (Mahr MarSurf GD 26)
  • Linear abrasion tester (Linear Taber Abraser)
  • Particle size and zeta potential measurement system by dynamic light scattering (DLS) (Malvern Zetasizer Nano)

Mechanical Characterization

  • Small load hardness testing
  • Nanoindenter (Anton Paar NHT³)
  • Tribometer (Nanovea T5)
  • 4-point bending test benches
  • Mechanical testing machines up to 10 kN


Thermal Analysis

  • Simultaneous thermal analysis with differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG) (Netzsch STA 449 F3)
  • Dilatometer (Linseis)
  • Dilatometer (Linseis)

Materials Consulting


  • DECHEMA Corrosion Handbook


  • JMatPro
  • FactSage
  • ThermoCalc

Electrolytic Corrosion Testing

  • Potentiostats for high and low impedance applications to be used in the following electrochemical methods: current density potential curves; zero resistance amperometry (ZRA), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Electrochemical quartz microbalance (EQCM)
  • Rotating ring-disc electrode (RRDE)
  • Scanning Kelvin probe
  • Salt spray chamber

High-Temperature Corrosion Testing

  • Isothermal furnaces up to 1600 °C (tube and chamber furnaces), aggressive atmospheres and salt deposits possible
  • Cyclic furnaces up to 1300 °C (up to 1000 °C with aggressive atmospheres and salt deposits)
  • Pressure equipment up to 30 bar (maximum temperature 800 °C, at 15 bar maximum temperature 1000 °C)
  • Thermobalances
  • Induction furnace
  • In-situ acoustic emission analysis
  • High temperature tribometer
  • Creep test benches

Protective Coating and Alloy Development

  • Pack cementation
  • Slurry coating
  • Four-source magnetron sputter system
  • Dip Coater
  • Spin Coater
  • Doctor blade coater
  • Screen printing plant
  • High voltage/high current potentiostats for anodization
  • Arc melting furnace (up to 3000 °C)
  • Vacuum induction melting furnace (up to 2000 °C)

Production Engineering Methods and Equipment

  • Nd-YAG laser for microstructuring
  • CO2 laser for precise cutting of components
  • Mechanical precision processing machines
  • (High power) ultrasonic finger
  • Spray system with ultrasonic head
  • Laboratory hot press
  • Calender
  • Ball mill
  • Glovebox

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