Electrochemistry · Electroplating · Corrosion

We characterize electrodeposited coatings, develop new electroplating procedures and conduct research in the field of corrosion protection

For more than 90 years, research and development in the field of electrochemistry and coating technology represent a major part of the institute's activities. The department of Electrochemistry is engaged in the electrochemical and electroless deposition of metals and alloys, the determination of coating properties, corrosion tests and the development of testing methods. Besides basic and applied research, advisory service and consultancies represent an important part of our activities.
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Research and Development

  • Coating procedures for fuel cell components
  • New electrolysis procedures
  • Electrode development for electrokatalysis
  • Concepts for battery technology
  • New systems for energy technology
  • Nanostructured surfaces
  • Functionalized layer systems
  • New electrolyte solutions
  • Process optimization
  • Simulation of deposition processes


  • 3D X-Ray Computed Tomography
    for component characterization
  • Corrosion protection
  • Damage analysis
  • Layer characterization
  • Testing technology
  • Quality management
  • Accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 1702


Current Research Projects

Entwicklung von Abscheideprozessen für Edelmetall-Kontaktmaterialien aus ionischen Flüssigkeiten
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Entwicklung und Erprobung eines Elektrolyseurs auf Basis der Hochtemperatur-PEM-Technologie (HT-PEM-EL)
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Elektrolyse auf Basis alkalischer Festelektrolytmembranen (AEM)
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Dr. Renate Freudenberger
Head of Department
P +49 7171 1006-300
Dr. Manfred Baumgärtner
Deputy Head of Department
P +49 7171 1006-301

Contact Persons
for Specific Topics

Electrochemical Corrosion test
Dr. Manfred Baumgärtner | Ext. 301

Layer thickness measurement by X-ray fluorescence analysis | Damage analysis | Expert reports
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Alexander Pfund | Ext. 311

Coulometric layer thickness measurement | STEP-Test of nickel coating systems | Hydrogen analysis
B. Sc. Alexander Krieger | Ext. 316

Battery technology and energy storage
Dr. Seniz Sörgel | Ext. 317

3D X-Ray Computed Tomography
M. Eng. Sabine Klingelstein | Ext. 302
Nefa Lugonja | Ext. 302


Equipment and Procedures

  • X-ray Fluorescence Analysis for Layer Thickness Measurement
  • MSM 200: In-situ Measurement of Macro Stress
  • Pulse Plating and High Speed Plating
  • Aprotic Deposition in the Glovebox
  • Simulation of Current Density Distribution
  • Electrochemical Corrosion Test
  • 3D X-Ray Computed Tomography