Equipment and characterization methods

With our equipment we can offer you a wide range of characterization methods in the field of glasses and ceramics for reasearch and development only.

If you are interested please contact Dr. Tobias Fey .


Total space: 2050 m2
Laboratory: 1600 m2


  • Processing workshop
  • Polymer processing laboratory
  • Bioengineering laboratory
  • Cellular and porous ceramics laboratory
  • Sol-gel laboratory
  • Ceramography workshop with saws, grinders and polishers
  • Rapid Prototyping laboratory
  • Functional ceramics laboratory, including large- and small-signal mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical characterization


Analysis and characterization equipment

  • Dilatometers (up to 1800 °C)
  • Thermal analysis (DTA/TGA/DSC)
  • Thermal conductivity device
  • Powder X-ray diffractometer Bruker D8 Advanced Eco (specifications) – user rules
  • Gas absorption analyser (BET)
  • Hg high-pressure porosimeter
  • ICP-OES (Spectro Analytical Instruments)
  • Electrical measurements up to 1500°C
  • 3-dimensional optical dilatometer
  • Laser scattering particle size analyser
  • aixACCT TF 2000 E Ferroelectric Tester
  • Digital image correlation system for ferroelectric measurements
  • Various high voltage Trek amplifers (30 kV, 20 kV, 4 kV)
  • 30 kN screw driven load frames; one equipped with a heating chamber (25 °C to 800°C) and the other with a thermal chamber (-150 °C to 600 °C). Both load frames are also equipped to characterize the small signal direct piezoelectric coefficient as a function of stress, electric field, and temperature (up to 600°C) as well as loading frequency (50 mHz – 250 Hz) and amplitude (±0.1 MPa – ±10 MPa). Each load frame has an LCR meter to simultaneously measure the dielectric response.
  • Custom-built miniature loading frame (10 kN) and load control software for determination of in- situ stress-dependent structural investigations, such as Raman spectroscopy.
  • Broadband impedance spectrometer (frequency range of 100 mHz – 10MHz) and a thermal chamber (containing 4-point contact system) with a temperature range of -150 °C to 600 °C
  • Various custom built heating chambers for dielectric and impedance measurements (up to 900 °C), including the control of atmophseric conditions (synthetic air, N2, Ar, O2, vacuum, etc.)
  • He-pycnometer
  • Laser granulometer (0.1nm – 100µm)
  • Viscosimeter and high-temperature viscosimeter
  • Single fibre tensile testing, screw extruder and measurement unit
  • High precision mechanical testing with optical tracking system (EXAKT)
  • Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM)
  • Scanning electron microscope (with EDX and WDX)
  • Laser scanning microscope and Light Microscopes, Digital Microscope
  • FT-IR spectrometer and 2 UV-VIS-NIR spectrometers
  • Interactive image analysis system
  • Fluorescence spectrometers
  • Raman-microscope with two excitation lasers
  • µCT Skyscan 1172, max resolution 0.5µm/voxel

Processing equipment

  • Ball, vibration and attrition mills
  • Kilns and Dryers (glass melting, high-temperature up to 2500 °C, vacuum)
  • Various ovens for ceramics processing
  • Tape caster and Fibre winding facilities
  • Low-pressure injection moulding device
  • High precision diamond wire saw
  • Surface and cup grinders
  • Various arrangements for sample polishing
  • 3-dimensional optical dilatometer
  • Automated polymer pyrolysis furnace
  • Lamination press
  • Aerosol deposition arrangement
  • Gradient oven
  • 3D-Printer (Stereolitography, FDM, Direct Print)
  • Laminated Object Manufacturing – LOM
  • Fused Deposition Modelling – FDM