Joining Technologies & Corrosion

We drive innovations in joining technologies and corrosion management by bulk, surface and interface engineering of functional materials and their assemblies in close collaboration with academia and industry.  

OUR EXPERTISE

OUR PRODUCTS & SERVICES

  • Innovative R&D and high-end services to your industrial needs in the fields of corrosion management, joining technologies, electrochemistry and surface engineering
  • We are your national competence center for the assessment of corrosion failures and the development of corrosion prevention strategies.
  • Technology transfer of innovative R&D into sustainable materials, processes and technologies

OUR RESEARCH

In order to bridge the gap between basic research and real-life applications, we aim at comprehensive understanding of the crucial role of material heterogeneities and defects on their reactivity, stability and functionality in harsh environments (e.g. in reactive gasses, humidity/water, complex electrolytes and biofluids; at elevated temperatures under static or cyclic loading conditions). To this end, cutting-edge experiments are guided by multi-scale modelling to reach fundamental understanding of:

  • The thermodynamics and kinetics of diffusion, wetting, nucleation and competing phase formation at solid-solid, solid-liquid and solid-gas interfaces

  • The electrochemical reactivity and combined thermal, chemical and mechanical stability of heterogeneous metals, alloys and coatings systems in harsh environments

  • Defect engineering of functional oxide films

Your Contacts

Dr. Lars Jeurgens
Head of the Laboratory

Phone: +41 58 765 40 53

 

Dr. Patrik Schmutz

Dr. Patrik Schmutz
Group Leader (Deputy)

Phone: +41 58 765 4845
patrik.schmutz@empa.ch

Claudia Frey

Claudia Frey
Assistant

Phone: +41 58 765 4914
claudia.frey@empa.ch