3016 EIS Short Course, Trade show, Exhibits, Conferences

2016 Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences and Short Courses   6th Int’l Next Generation Batteries Conference April 18-20 ISE Topical April 17-20 EIS Short Course April 25-29 ACS CERM May 18-21 Beyond Lithium Ion IX  May 24-26 Spring ECS May 29-June 3 Penn State Short Course June 5-10 ESEAC – 16th International Conference on Electroanalysis  Jun 12-16 Power Sources Read more about 2016 Upcoming Conferences[…]

simplified diagram of a dye solar cell.

Dye Solar Cells Principles-Measurements

This application note is part of a series concerning dye solar cells. Theory and various types of experiments are discussed that are needed for characterization of solar cells. Part 1 of this series discusses basic principles of dye solar cells, their setup, and underlying electrochemical mechanisms. In addition, characterization of dye solar cells is demonstrated Read more about Dye Solar Cells Principles-Measurements[…]

PlugVolt Webinar: EIS and its Applications to Battery Analysis

EIS Applications to Battery Analysis

An all new webinar has been scheduled – “Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and its Applications to Battery Analysis” When: Wednesday April 29, 2015 What Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT USA / 4:00 p.m. CET Europe / 10:00 p.m. China Duration: 1 hour This webinar will focus on the following key topics: What is impedance spectroscopy? What can Read more about EIS Applications to Battery Analysis[…]

IMPS/IMVS - Gamry Spectroelectrochemical Instruments

The Optical Power of your LED

Measuring the Optical Power of your LED Purpose of This Note When performing experiments with dye solar cells, light is focused on the cell and its current response is measured. The generated current depends strongly on the intensity of the light. In order to calculate the efficiency of a solar cell, the optical power of Read more about The Optical Power of your LED[…]

Gamry to co-sponsor Corrosion Short Course 2016 with PSU

Penn State University Corrosion Short Course

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods Registration is now open for the 2015 Corrosion Short Course being held at Penn State University Park Campus June 7-12th. The course, now in it’s 19th year, will cover the fundamentals of corrosion and various electrochemical techniques. Lectures and laboratories will be used to illustrate how electrochemical techniques are applied, Read more about Penn State University Corrosion Short Course[…]

QCM detecting drugs

Detecting Drugs with QCM

Crystals reveal the answer: Detecting drugs with a quartz crystal microbalance Balancing in the heat A novel type of high temperature quartz crystal disc could make the perfect detector for small, portable gas chromatography (GC) systems, say US researchers. Such quartz crystal discs form the centrepiece of quartz crystal microbalances (QCMs), which are widely used Read more about Detecting Drugs with QCM[…]

Gamry Sponsored Spring 2015 EIS Short Course in Houston TX

Gamry Instruments to Sponsor EIS Short Course

Registration is now open for the Spring 2015 EIS Short Course being held in Houston, TX


Philadelphia, PA, January 27, 2015 – Gamry Instruments is proud to once again sponsor the EIS (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy) Short Course.  The spring 2015 course is being held April 20-24 2015 in Houston, TX.


Electrochemicakl measurements on lithium ion batteries

Testing Lithium Ion Batteries

Purpose of This Note:

This application note discusses electrochemical measurements on lithium ion batteries. Theory and general setup of lithium ion batteries are explained. Important parameters for characterizing batteries are described.

In addition, various experiments on coin cells are performed. They show how to gain information about a battery’s performance, e.g. capacity and voltage limits as well as long time behavior.


Measuring Corrosion Rate by 3 different techniques

Measuring Corrosion Rate

 by 3 Different Techniques

Polarization ResistancePolarizattion Resistant - Simple LPR

We began with a simple LPR (Polarization Resistance) experiment. The results are shown to the right. Analysis of the data within 5 mV of Eoc gave the line shown in red. It corresponds to an Rp value of 687 ohm. Using the default beta values of 120 mV/decade yields a corrosion rate of 5.77 mpy in this electrolyte. This estimate can be refined if better estimates of the beta values are known. More about this shortly!


Converting chemical energy into electrical energy

Fuel Cells: Chemical to Electrical Energy

Converting chemical energy into electrical energy can be done in different ways, but for chemical energy stored in various fuels like hydrogen, electrochemical fuel cells are the most direct, and have the potential to be very efficient.

The electrochemistry side of fuel cells is rather straightforward.  Hydrogen, possibly with some carbon, on one side combines with oxygen on the other to produce water and possibly carbon dioxide.  The half reactions are separated so that the energy difference between reagents and products can be harvested as electrical energy.

Fuel Cells-EIS ApplicationElectrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy can identify problems that limit a fuel cell’s efficiency, by helping to optimize a cell, it can determine anodic and cathodic process mechanisms.  EIS is particularly good for measuring the equivalent series resistance of fuel cells, a major source of power loss in a low impedance device. Because of the modeling capability of EIS, you can also extract information on kinetics and mass transport in the fuel cell, both of which are crucial factors to fuel cell performance.  EIS is useful in both research and QC applications. EIS of fuel cells runs into some of the same low impedance device and setup limitations that also show up in batteries and supercapacitors.


Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Car

The World’s Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline



The first thing you notice about the Mirai, Toyota’s new $62,000, four-door family sedan, is that it’s no Camry, an international symbol of bland conformity. First there are the in-your-face, angular grilles on the car’s front end. These deliver air to (and cool) a polymer fuel-cell stack under the hood. Then there’s the wavy, layered sides, meant to evoke a droplet of water. It looks like it was driven off the set of the Blade Runner sequel.


EIS Book by Mark E. Orazem and Bernard Tribollet now available in Chinese from Chemical Industry Pres

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Book

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy by Mark E. Orazem and Bernard Tribollet now available in Chinese from Chemical Industry Press (CIP) Publishers. This book provides the background and training suitable for application of impedance spectroscopy to varied applications  and is an excellent textbook for graduate students in electrochemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering.   马克•欧瑞姆和伯纳德•特瑞博勒特的专著 «电化学阻抗谱»一书,目前由中国化学工业出版社(CIP)出版。这本书提供了阻抗谱的详细背景和知识、提供了具体的应用实例,对于电化学,材料科学和化学工程的研究生来说,是一步难得的培训教材。

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