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Materials development

Developing new materials, but also improving existing ones, for solid-oxide fuel cells, thermal barrier coatings, gas separation membranes, and batteries starts with a rational design and the synthesis by spray pyrolysis and spray drying (aqueous and alcoholic systems) using the Pechini method or sol-gel processes.

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Christian Doppler Labor

Particle-based manufacturing processes and sintering

The team focuses on the near-net-shaping of metallic and ceramic powders by means of pressing, as well as by injection moulding with subsequent debindering and sintering. Additional extensive options exist for sintering by superposing pressure and/or an electric field.

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Flammenbild A3000

Thermal Coating Technology

At IEK-1, various highly innovative thermal coating techniques are utilized:

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Team Dünnschichttechnologien

Thin Film Technologies

New components for energy storage devices or energy converters (e.g., protective coatings, electrodes, electrolytes) are processed via physical vapor deposition (PVD) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD), as well as wet chemical processes, e.g. sol-gel processes. The research and development activites concentrate on the influence of materials and manufacturing parameters on the properties of the coatings/layers.

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Mikrostrukturcharakterisierung: Nanostrukturdiagnostik von Werkstoffen

Microstructure Characterization

Basic research into materials, composite materials, layer systems, and powders by means of materialography/image analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), as well as X-ray diffraction of the crystal structure (XRD) as a scientific and technical service.

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Modeling Beispiel: Prozesssimulation des Feldgestützten Sinterns


The modeling team develops mathematical and numerical descriptions of the physical processes governing manufacturing and the later operation of the produced components.

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