X-ray Analysis

  • SAXS I: NanoStar with x-ray tube, Göbel mirror and Vantec 2000 detector (Bruker AXS)
  • SAXS II: NanoStar (scanning-SAXS configuration, high resolution) with a microfocus x-ray tube and Vantec 2000 detector (Bruker AXS)
  • Powder diffraction: D8, q-q configuration with x-ray tube, Göbel mirror and Sol-X detector (Bruker AXS)
  • Microtomography: RX Solutions EasyTom160/150 with  a micro-focus and a nano-focus source and two detectors, a digital flat-panel and a CCD camera
  • Microfocus beamline at BESSY II in Berlin Adlershof (collaboration with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung (BAM)); 4-30 keV, variable beam size (10 to 100 µm). Scanning SAXS/WAXS/XRF/Raman with a dectris Eiger X9M area detector.

Electron Microscopy

  • Fieldemission-Environmental-Scanning-Electron-Microscope (FE-ESEM) combined with a cooling device and microtensile testing machines for structural investigations and in-situ-tests (Fei)
  • Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM)
  • High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope (JEOL 7500F)

Light Microscopy

  • Leica DM RXA2 with CCD camera, incident light, transmitted light, polarised light, fluorescence
  • Keyence Digital Microscope
  • Inverted Epifluorescence Microscope (Zeiss Axio Observer 7)
  • Stereomicroscope (Zeiss Axio Zoom.V16 + Apotome.2)

Mechanical testing

  • Nanoindenter UB1 (Hysitron)
  • Nanoindenter (Triboindenter TI950)
  • Zwick universal testing machine
  • Several in-house built tension devices for in-situ experiments with synchrotron radiation SAXS/WAXS as well as with the ESEM or the Raman-Microscope

Rapid prototyping

  • 3D Wax printer (Solidscape 3Z Studio)

Sample preparation and treatment

  • Logitech grinding and polishing machine
  • Leica SP1600 saw-microtome / inside hole saw
  • Diamond wire saw DWS100
  • Isomet low speed diamond saw
  • Motorised rotation microtome Leica RM 2255
  • Ultramicrotome (PowerTome Model XL)
  • Vibratome (Leica VT1000 S Vibrating blade microtome)
  • Cryomicrotome (Microm Cryo-Star HM 560 M)
  • Inert-gas furnace (up to 1600°C in vacuum, inert atmosphere)
  • Tube furnace (up to 1200°C in vacuum, air or inert atmosphere)
  • Muffle furnace (up to 1200°C in air)

Cell culture

  • Incubators (with and without CO2)
  • Sterile bench
  • Stage microscope incubator (Okolab)
  • Autoclaves (sterilization)
  • Centrifuges


  • Confocal Raman Microscopes (alpha300 & CRM200, WITec)
  • FTIR-Spectrometer (Fourier-Transform-Infrared Spectrometry, Vertex 70, Bruker)
  • ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometer (Optima 800, PerkinElmer)
  • Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectrometer (AVertex 70, Bruker)

Chemical Analysis

  • Amino Acid Analysis
  • Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC, NGC, Bio-Rad)
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D, QSense® Analyzer, Biolin Scientific)
  • Thermogravimetric Differential Scanning Calorimetry (SENSYS evo TG-DSC, SETARAM)
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