Joining Technologies and Corrosion  
Advanced Joining Technologies
Corrosion and Local Electrochemistry
Functional Surfaces in Reactive Environments
Interfacial Design of Nanostructured Materials
User Lab Metallography
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OUR MISSION

  • We achieve innovations in joining technologies & corrosion management

  • by microstructural and interfacial design

  • of nano-structured materials and their assemblies

  • in close-collaboration with academia and industry.

OUR EXPERTISE

Our laboratory possesses interdisciplinary competencies in the fields of joining (e.g. brazing, soldering, diffusion bonding, alloy design), corrosion management, (local) electrochemistry, functional oxide films, as well as the surface and interface engineering of nanostructured materials and coating systems.

Sustainable products and technologies for joining and corrosion management are developed in close-collaboration with key industries in the fields of aerospace and automotive technologies, civil engineering, machine tooling, power generation, medical implants, packaging, microelectronics and sensing devices.

We are a national competence center for the investigation of corrosion failures and the development of corrosion prevention strategies. On a daily basis, we offer high-end services to exigent industrial needs in the fields of corrosion management, joining, surface engineering, electrochemistry and materials engineering.

OUR RESEARCH

Our research aims at fundamental knowledge and engineering know-how for tailoring the thermodynamics and kinetics of reactions and phase formations at solid-solid, solid-liquid and solid-gas interfaces in complex materials assemblies and functional coating systems during processing and service. Advanced surface and interface engineering approaches are guided by multi-scale model predictions (combining e.g. density functional theory, molecular dynamics, Monte-Carlo, finite elements and CALPHAD methods) to reach fundamental understanding of:

  • The chemical reactivity and durability of alloys, oxides and oxyhydroxides and their hetero-interfaces during processing and operation.

  • The delicate interplay between (inter-)diffusion, interfacial compound formation and (pre-)melting in nano-structured coatings, foils and nano-composites for low-temperature joining applications.

  • The biocompatibility and degradability of medical implants in complex physiological media under dynamic loading conditions.

OUR PRODUCTS

  • Sustainable materials, processes and technologies for the benefit of industry and society alike.

  • Your national competence centre for the investigation of corrosion failures and the development of corrosion prevention strategies.

  • High-end services to your exigent needs in the fields of joining, corrosion management, electrochemistry and materials engineering.

OUR TOPIC AREAS

Advanced Joining Technologies

• Model simulations of advanced joining processes
• Material joints for extreme operating condition
• Integrity and durability of joined assemblies

Corrosion and Local Electrochemistry

• Corrosion management
• Local electrochemical reaction mechanisms

Functional Surfaces in Reactive Environments

• Passivation of reactive metal surfaces
• Environmental sustainability of nanomaterials
• Biocompatibility of functional metallic surfaces

Interfacial Design of Nanostructured Materials

• Size-effects in nano-structured joining materials
• Joining of nanomaterials
• Interface-controlled reactions

USER LAB METALLOGRAPHY
 

Introduction to the UserLab

The metallography UserLab of the Empa provides know-how and facilities for surface finishing and cross-sectional sample preparation using conventional metallographic methods (e.g. cutting, grinding, polishing and cutting). Access to the user lab and its facilities is granted to all registered Empa employees.

OUR SERVICES
 

Our services

As a matter of course, we offer several high-end services and know-how to your specialized needs. Please consult our expert colleagues for further information.

LATEST NEWS FROM OUR LAB
 

News from our lab 

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Affiliation

Empa - Materials Science & Technology
Laboratory for Joining Technologies & Corrosion
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Duebendorf
Switzerland

How to get to the lab

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Dr. Lars P.H. Jeurgens, Laboratory Head

Dr. Patrik Schmutz, Deputy

Claudia Frey, Assistant

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