As part of
the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials
Science at Deakin University's Melbourne Burwood Campus, we have a range of electromaterials
research and testing facilities available.
Large suite of advanced electrochemical facilities
For battery and cell testing and research studies
and impedance analysers
battery test banks
ring disk electrodes
designed electrochemical and flow cells
Variety of surface characterisation equipment
For materials imaging and analysis
Battery and coin cell fabrication equipment
To manufacture and assemble electrodes and coin cells for testing, including an argon glovebox laboratory.
For preparation and synthesis of novel chemical compounds and electrolytes.
Analytical instruments for chemical, physical and mechanical characterisation
Dynamic Mechanical Analyser
Our TA Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyser can determine the mechanical
properties for a wide range of materials. In particular viscoelastic polymers
and composites. Normally tests are performed in tension but the Q800 has
several other fixtures to perform tests such as '3 point bend' and flexure
The IFM research group has two types of Differential Scanning Calorimeters, heat flux (Netzsch) and power compensating (Perkin Elmer). These units are essential for the study of decomposition, phase change and melting points or metals and polymers.
Netzsch 407 PC Luxx
Temperature range: -120°C ... 1650°C
Heating and cooling rates: 0.01 K/min ... 50 K/min (dependent on furnace)
DSC type: Power-compensation temperature null principle. Measures temperature and energy directly, rather than differential temperature (DT)
DSC cell: independent dual furnaces constructed of platinum-iridium alloy with independent platinum resistance heaters and temperature sensors with furnace mass less than 1g
Temperature sensors: Distributed platinum resistance thermometers for best linearity
Atmosphere: Static or dynamic, including nitrogen, argon, helium, carbon dioxide, air, oxygen or other inert or active gases, over full temperature range. Oxygen can be used up to 730°C which allows easy cleaning
Temperature range: -170°C to 730°C. Accuracy / Precision ±0.1°C / ±0.01°C
Calorimetry: Accuracy / Precision <±1% / <±0.1% Sensitivity 0.2µW Dynamic range 0.2µW to 800mW