Facilities & Testing Capabilities

C2E2 Equipment

C2E2 is a dedicated 16,000 square foot facility, located on the University of Connecticut Depot Campus just five minutes from the main Storrs campus. The building offers a mix of flexible and functional office and laboratory space designed to meet the needs of research and education. The C2E2 facility features four high bay areas, each of which is approximately 1,000 sq. ft. with over 24-foot ceilings. Each high bay has access to compressed air, water, an exhaust system and 220/480 volt electrical bus. Four physical lab areas border the high bays. These laboratories include sinks, vent hoods, bench top experimental work space and are on average 850 sq. ft.  In addition, each lab area has access to compressed air, water and 110/220/440 volt power supply. The full laboratory area is equipped with distributed hydrogen gas flow. Each laboratory has individual gas detection sensors and digital read out panels interconnected to the Universities fire department.  C2E2 provides complete resources for cell/stack assembly, cell and electrode characterization, electrochemical testing and diagnostics for single cells, multi-cell stacks and large FC systems. Equipment is also available for prototype manufacturing, cell assembly, materials characterization, fuel cell testing and diagnostics.

Testing Capabilities

Selected pieces of equipment available are:

  • Bruker D5005 X-ray Diffractometer
  • FEI Quanta 250 FEG field emission scanning electron microscope
  • Xradia MicroCT
  • Retsch PM 400 Planetary Ball Mill
  • Automated 30 cm2 capacity Reactive Spray Deposition (RSDT) System
  • Three Solartron/Analyzer Model 1260 Impedance Analyzer with Model 1287 electrochemical interface
  • Systemic automation screen printer
  • Arbin 50 W Fuel Cell Test Stand for PEM fuel cells, model FCTS 50H
  • Diablo D3163A, 5000A Real-time gas analyzer
  • Lynntech Industries Model FCTS MTK Liquid Fuel Cell Test Stand
  • Six Teledyne/Scribner Associates Model 890 Fuel Cell Test Stands
  • Avtron Mfg Avtron Freedom portable 105 kW load bank with Data Collection Capability
  • SOFCO solid oxide fuel cell test stand
  • Advanced Measurements, Inc. 6 cell 50 W solid oxide fuel cell test stand
  • Solartron Model Chas 08, modulab 8 slot chassis, Model FRA ModuLab
  • Princeton Applied Research Advanced Measurement Model VMPB2-25 Potentiostat
  • Varian Inc. Micro GC
  • FEI Quanta 250 FEG field emission scanning electron microscope
  • Netzsch STA 449 F3 Jupiter Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer
  • Micromeritics ASAP 2020 Automatic Chemisorption Analyzer BET
  • Instron Model 5866 Material Testing System
  • Prolab Benchtop Mass Spectrometer
  • Ecochemie PGSTAT302N Autolab potentiostat, equipped with the BA bipotentiostat and frequency response analyzer modules.
  • 8 high temperature furnaces of tube type
  • Pine Instrument Company Analytical Rotator
  • 4 Pine Instrument Company Rotating Ring Disk Electrodes – Pt, Au and glassy carbon interchangeable disks, each with Pt ring.
  • Nicolet iS10 FT-IR Spectrometer with both transmission and ATR capability
  • Purelab Ultra deionized water system
  • Fisher Scientific ultrasonicator
  • 2 Fisher Scientific Recirculating Baths
  • Labconoco single user glove box
  • Vacuum Oven
  • Convection oven
  • 1700 degree furnaces
  • Custom built chemical vapor deposition reactor
  • Custom electrochemical glassware manufactured by Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass