The Hydrogen Technologies Research Laboratory

The Hydrogen Technologies Research Laboratory (HTRL) supports efforts for the discovery and development of materials, processes and systems with the potential to significantly increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of producing hydrogen from domestic natural resources.

Supported research include photoelectrochemical and fuel processing systems to enhance our ability to conveniently and inexpensively produce and store large amounts of hydrogen, and research on fuel cells and biomimetic systems to improve the conversion of hydrogen into electrical energy.

HTRL is a central Technion facility, established jointly by the Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP), the ADELIS Foundation and the Solar Fuels I-CORE.

Technion’s HTRL facility serves GTEP members as well as faculty from other Technion departments, Israeli academia and industry.

Major Equipment:

> Vinyl anaerobic chamber (Coy lab products)

The vinyl anaerobic chamber provides a strict anaerobic atmosphere of 0-5 ppm using a palladium catalyst and hydrogen gas mix of 5%. The heavy duty vacuum airlock allows sample transfer without changes to the internal atmosphere. The programmable airlock allows the user to tailor an interchange sequence ideal for their lab experiments. More information on vinyl anaerobic chamber

> Nicolet iS50 FTIR Spectrometer (Thermo Scientific)

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer simultaneously collects high-resolution spectral data (an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission) over a wide spectral range. The Nicolet iS50  FTIR is equipped with VeeMAX III specular reflection accessory with ATR (PIKE Technologies), offering continuous variable angle of incidence and a variety of crystal plates to selectively control the depth of penetration of the IR beam into the sample. ATR applications include the study of layered samples, coatings, release agents, monolayers on silicon and chemical migration studies. More information on Nicolet iS50 FTIR Spectrometer

AutoChem II 2920 Chemisorption Analyzer

Micromeritics’ AutoChem II 2920 Chemisorption Analyzer is a fully automated instrument capable of conducting a comprehensive array of highly precise chemical adsorption and temperature programmed reaction studies. The instrument enables the researcher to obtain valuable information about the physical properties of catalysts, catalyst support, and a variety of other materials. Researchers can investigate active metal surface area, surface acidity, distribution and strength of active sites, BET surface area, and more. The AutoChem II performs pulse chemisorption, temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), desorption (TPD), oxidation (TPO), and reaction analyses. Multiple experiments can be run using the same sample. More information on AutoChem

TGA SETSYS Evolution

Thermogravimetry is a technique that measures the variation of mass of a sample when the latter is subjected to a temperature program in a controlled atmosphere. This variation of mass can be a loss (vapor emission) or a gain (fixing of gases). The system is equipped with a microbalance that has a capacity of 35g (electronic resolution 0.02mg), temperature range of ambient to 1600°C with scanning temperature rate from 0.01 to 99.99°C/min, and an advanced gas panel, which allows mixing a carrier gas with an auxiliary/reactive gas. More information on TGA

> Gas-Chromatograph (GC) – Agilent 7890A

The Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph (GC) is an analytical instrument that measures the content of various components in a sample using advanced separation capabilities. It is used to analyze and identify volatile substances in the gas or liquid phase. The GC is equipped with TCD and FID detectors as well as CTC auto sampler unit and a controlled valve system for continuous sampling. Development of techniques to evaluate H2 and O2 in complicated system is also possible. More information on Agilent 7890A GC

> Controlled Intensity Modulated Photocurrent Spectroscopy (CIMPS) – Zahner Electrik

CIMPS is a photo-electrochemical system for the advanced characterization of photoelectrodes. It measures the response of the photoelectrodes to modulated light intensity by generating an AC current. More information on CIMPS

> Solar Simulator (Abet, USA)

The Solar Simulator is a light source for testing photoelectrodes and photocatalysts under standard illumination conditions.

> Kelvin Probe (NRH020 KP Technologies)

The Nitrogen Relative Humidity Chamber is equipped with a non-scanning Kelvin probe, which is a non-contact, non-destructive vibrating capacitor device used to measure the work function of conducting materials or surface potential of semiconductors. This system is equipped with a high intensity monochromator light source (Horiba Jobin Yvon S.A.S) that enables measuring CPD at different wavelengths. More information on the Kelvin probe

> Ultrasonic Spray Deposition (ExactaCoat, Sono-Tek)

A fully-enclosed, programmable 3-axis robot integrated ultrasonic spraying system designed for depositing active layer solutions to produce thin film. More information on the Ultrasonic spray deposition

> Dry/ Wet Electrochemical Characterization Station (Ivium nStat)

Ivium nStat is a multi-channel Potentiostat/Galvanostat with an integrated impedance analyzer. The nStat has four potentiostats, each potentiostat is a completely independent instrument. The instrument is designed for a wide range of applications, such as battery/fuel cell-testing, electrode development, biotechnology and other Electrochemical Research applications. More information on Ivium nStat

> Profilometer (DekTak Bruker)

A stylus (contact) profilometer that is used to measure height differences (steps) on samples, and serves as a characterization tool for measuring thin film thickness and surface roughness.


For further details, usage fees and appointments, please contact Dr. Jesus Lacasa (Laboratory Engineer) at (972)-4-8291414 (office); (972)-58-6362831;