Research Facilities

MEA fabrication

For small cells

For full size cells

Mixing/stirring

Sand grinder

Use/purpose

Crushing powder, cracking,
distributing and stirring

Application to FC research

Mixing/distributing catalyst ink

Planetary Ball Mill

Use/purpose

Crushing powder, cracking,
distributing and stirring
Application to FC research

Application to FC research

Mixing/distributing catalyst ink

Foriming catalyst layer

Compact pulse spray device

Use/purpose

Applying various kinds of inks

Application to FC research

Fabricating catalyst layer

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Automatic coating device
【Doctor blade method】

Use/purpose

Applying various kinds of inks

Application to FC research

Fabricating catalyst layer

MEA fabrication

Precision heating and
pressurizing device

Use/purpose

Heating press (for small cells)

Application to FC research

Replicating catalyst layer onto
electrolyte membrane

Thermocompression bonding
of sub-gasket and gas diffusion layer (GDL)

Precision heating and
pressurizing device

Use/purpose

Heating press (for full size cells)

Application to FC research

Replicating catalyst layer onto
electrolyte membrane

Adhesion of separators

Ink characteristics measurement

Viscosity/viscoelasticity
measurment device
(Rheometer)

Use/purpose

Measurement of viscosity and
viscoelasticity of liquids and slurries

Application to FC research

Viscosity control of catalyst ink

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Cylindrical rotary
viscometer

Use/purpose

Measurement of viscosity and
viscoelasticity of liquids and slurries

Application to FC research

Viscosity control of catalyst ink

Laser diffraction / scattering
type particle size distribution
measuring device

Use/purpose

Measurement of particle size distribution
of fine particles dispersed in a solvent

Application to FC research

Particle size distribution measurement
in catalyst ink stock solution

Power generation test / electrochemical evaluation

MEA power generation performance evaluation system

Use/purpose

〇Control of power generation
atmosphere of MEA evaluation cell
(temperature, humidity, pressure, gas type)

Application to FC research

Mix the supply gas with any composition

Stable supply from small flow rate to large flow rate
Temperature: Room temperature to 80 ℃
Dew point: Room temperature to 80 ℃
Pressure: Standard pressure to 300 kPa-abs
Supply gas: H2, Air, O2 , N2 , He
Flow control: 0.02 to 10 L / min


Application to FC research

〇Electrochemical characterization

Potentiometer

Current range ± 20 A

Impedance analyzer

footnote: CO gas available
in-line mass spectrometer

MEA power generation
performance evaluation system
【against high temperature】

Application to FC research

Feature: Supports high temperature
power generation test (~ 150°C)
Temperature: Room temperature to 150 °C
Dew point: 40 °C to 120 °C
Pressure: Standard pressure to 300 kPa-abs
Supply gas: H2, Air, O2 , N2

MEA power generation
performance evaluation
system for full size

Application to FC research

Feature: Supports power generation
test for full size cells (~ 5 kW)
Temperature: Room temperature to 90 °C
Dew point: 40 °C to 80 °C
Pressure: Standard pressure to 300 kPa-abs
Supply gas: H2, Air , N2

Catalyst performance evaluation system
[Rotating disk electrode(RDE)]

Application to FC research

Evaluation of catalytic activity

Evaluation of Electrochemical Effective Specific Surface Area (ECSA)

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Waste gas/water analysis

Ion chromatograph

Use/purpose

Qualitative and quantitative analysis of ionic components in solution

Application to FC research

nalysis of deterioration phenomenon by quantification of decomposition products
(F- , SO42- etc.) of

Liquid Chromatograph
Mass Spectrometer
(LC-MS)

Use/purpose

Qualitative and quantitative analysis
of components in solution

Application to FC research

Measurement of decomposition
products of electrolyte membrane

Time-of-flight mass
spectrometer
(TOF-MS)

Use/purpose

Qantitative anud quantitative analysis of gas components

Application to FC research

Analysis of impurities in the gas supplied to the fuel cell

Measurement of catalyst carrier deterioration rate by quantifying CO2 concentration in cell exhaust gas

Overall MEA observation

Scanning transmission
electron microscope (STEM)
[Supports 1-axis / 2-axis tilt, high tilt,
and cryo-observation]

Use/purpose

Observation of nanoscale structure
Analysis of crystal structure
Element mapping
Observation of frozen samples
Observation of liquid sample

Application to FC research

MEA, structural observation of
electrolyte membrane
Observation of 3D structure of
catalyst carrier
Crystal structure analysis of catalyst,
elemental analysis
Observation of cryostructure of
bound ink and ionomer dispersion
solution
Ink and ionomer dispersion solution
in liquid observation

Scanning electron
microscope
(SEM)

Use/purpose

Observation of surface and cross
section

Application to FC research

Elemental analysis

Observation of the surface and cross
section of the catalyst layer
Measurement of catalyst layer
thickness

Cross section polisher

Use/purpose

Creation of SEM, TEM observation
cross section

Application to FC research

Creating a cross section of MEA

Measurement of charachteristics

White/Laser Confocal
Microscope

Use/purpose

Elemental analysis

Application to FC research

Quantification of catalyst loading
(calibration curve method)

Planetary Ball Mill

Use/purpose

Observation of surface topography

Application to FC research

Measurement of height

Evaluation of defects
(unevenness, cracks, etc.) in the

catalyst layer Measurement of thickness

pecific surface area / pore distribution
measuring device
[Nitrogen adsorption method]

Use/purpose

Measurement of specific surface area, pore volume, pore distribution

Application to FC research

Evaluation of the pore structure of the catalyst powder and catalyst layer

Dry automatic densitometer


Use/purpose

True volume measurement

Application to FC research

True volume measurement of catalyst layer and gas diffusion layer

xygen diffusion characteristic
measurement system

Use/purpose

Oxygen diffusion resistance measurement of porous material

Application to FC research

Oxygen diffusion resistance measurement of catalyst layer and gas diffusion layer
(under temperature and humidity control environment)

Water vapor dynamic adsorption amount measuring device Precision heating and pressurizing device

Use/purpose

Evaluation of water vapor sorption characteristics (weight method)

Application to FC research

Measurement of water vapor adsorption characteristics of catalyst layer, gas diffusion layer, and electrolyte membrane (~ 80 °C)

Catalyst surface area measuring device
[CO pulse adsorption method]

Use/purpose

Measurement of surface area of ​​metal particles

Application to FC research

Measurement of specific surface area of ​​catalytic metal

Differential thermal-thermogravimetric simultaneous measurement device
(TG-DTA-MS)

Use/purpose

Evaluation of thermal stability

Application to FC research

Analysis of decomposition reaction

Measurement of catalyst / carrier weight ratio by combustion of carrier carbon

Evaluation of thermal stability of catalyst carriers and ionomer materials

X-ray diffractometer
(XRD)

Use/purpose

Evaluation of crystal structure

Application to FC research

Evaluation of crystallite size and degree of alloying of catalyst metal

Measurement of crystallinity of electrolyte membrane

Small Angle X-ray Scattering
Measuring Instrument (SAXS)

Use/purpose

Evaluation of materials' structures

Application to FC research

Structural analysis of hydrophilic/hydrophobic parts of electrolyte membrane (humidification possible at room temperature)

Evaluation of particle size distribution, periodic structure, and orientation of catalyst particles

Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Spectroscopy
(NMR)

Use/purpose

Analysis of chemical structure

Application to FC research

Measurement of self-diffusion coefficient

Structural analysis of electrolyte polymers and deterioration products

Measurement of self-diffusion coefficient of water in electrolyte membrane

High Speed ​​Magnetic Field Cycling NMR


Use/purpose

Nuclear magnetization relaxation time measurement

Application to FC research

Analysis of electrolyte polymers and water motility

Size Exclusion Chromatography-
Multi-angle Light Scattering Instrument

Use/purpose

Nuclear magnetization relaxation time measurement

Application to FC research

Analysis of electrolyte polymers and water motility

Microinfrared Spectroscopy
(FT-IR)

Use/purpose

Identification and quantification of substances

Application to FC research

Analysis of electrolyte membrane deterioration mechanism

Microlaser Raman spectrometer


Use/purpose

Identification of substance

Application to FC research

Quantification of substances

Analysis of electrolyte membrane deterioration mechanism

Environmentally Controlled
Atomic Force Microscope
(AFM)

Use/purpose

Surface shape evaluation (humidification possible at room temperature)

Application to FC research

Surface viscoelasticity evaluation

Surface current image evaluation (humidification possible at room temperature)

Observation of surface structure of electrolyte membrane, mapping of mechanical properties
(humidification possible at room temperature)

Nano indenter

Use/purpose

Evaluation of viscoelastic properties of materials

Application to FC research

Dynamic Viscoelasticity Measurement of Electrolyte Membrane

Tensile tester

Use/purpose

Evaluation of elastic modulus characteristics of materials

Application to FC research

valuation of temperature / humidity sensitivity of mechanical strength (elastic modulus, yield point, plastic deformation) of electrolyte membrane

Gas permeability measurement system

Use/purpose

Measurement of gas permeability of polymer membrane

Application to FC research

imultaneous measurement of hydrogen / oxygen permeability of electrolyte membrane (high temperature / high humidification atmosphere possible)

Water permeability measurement system

Use/purpose

Evaluation of water transport characteristics of electrolyte membrane and MEA

Application to FC research

Measurement of water permeability and electroosmosis coefficient

Water content / conductivity measurement system

Use/purpose

Application to FC research

Simultaneous evaluation of water content and proton conductivity of electrolyte membrane

lectrolyte membrane conductivity measuring device

Use/purpose

Application to FC research

In-plane proton conductivity measurement in the thickness direction of the electrolyte membrane

Inductively coupled plasma
mass spectrometer
(ICP-MS)

Use/purpose

Elemental analysis of electrolyte membrane cleaning solution

Application to FC research

Endurance test Quantitative amount of platinum in wastewater