We are equipped with a wide variety of potentiostats, autoclaves, and corrosion cells. We also have access to some of the most modern analytical facilities for morphological, solution, and surface analyses.

We specialize in high-temperature and high-pressure corrosion and electrochemistry so we have custom facilities for these applications.

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Specialized Equipment

Lab Equipment Parr 4525 Model Stirred Reactor


Our lab is equipped with four autoclaves (600 mL to 2L) that can simulate high-pressure and high-temperature (HPHT) environments found in hydrometallurgy, nuclear, geothermal, and carbon capture applications. Our autoclaves are capable of performing immersion/mass loss and electrochemical experiments in stirred or quiescent environments up to 500°C/30,000 kPa. Our autoclaves are constructed from alloy 625, stainless steel, titanium (ASTM grades 2 and 5), and glass and they can be lined with PTFE or glass. We also have 10 PTFE-lined vessels for static immersion testing at vapour pressure up to 250°C.

Krüss DSA30 Goniometer

The Krüss DSA30 goniometer is excellent at determining static and dynamic (including advancing and receding) contact angles and is also equipped to determine the surface tension of various solutions using the pendant drop method. The system is semi-automated, dispensing precise volumes of droplets from constant, user-determined heights above the testing surface. The contact angles of the droplets can be obtained using tangent, elliptical, young Laplace, and circle modes, with the feature to process the same data multiple times using different approaches for determining contact angles. From drop tests using two or more probe liquids, the surface free energy of a material can be obtained using the OWRK method built into the software. Another advantage of this instrument is that it has three dispensing units, which makes it easier for the user to test multiple liquids on the same surface in a single run.

Environmental chamber 

Our accelerated weathering chamber can regulate temperature and humidity conditions as well as light exposures. Designed originally for exposure testing, this unit is programmed to regulate test conditions between two alternative modes. An example for the operational modes is: 

  • four hours dry cycle with UV light at 60°C, followed by 
  • four hours condensation cycle at 50°C and 65% RH 

The above test conditions have been defined based on ASTM D5894 – “Exposures in a Fog/Dry Cabinet and a UV/Condensation Cabinet”. However, according to their specific test requirements, users can modify/upload new test parameters to the controller board of the chamber. 

Permeation cells

We designed and built permeation cells for mass transport through free-standing film materials according to pressure-driven membrane processes. For tests on gaseous species, we employ carrier gas methods in the downstream compartment and use gases and vapours (separate or in combination) in the feed stream. Characterization of transport and relative degradation mechanisms such as plasticization of polymers are studied using these apparatuses. These cells are currently used for analysis of CO2 and hydrogen gas transport through epoxy-based coating materials. In addition, we apply reverse osmosis processes for studying transport of dissolved particles within a feed stream, including monovalent ions in polymeric membranes.  

Salt spray corrosion cabinet 

We use a 200-liter salt spray chamber (CSA-approved) for accelerated corrosion testing. This chamber can cover a wide range of corrosion tests including conventional salt spray, cyclic prohesion, CASS, and combination salt spray/prohesion-humidity. 

Standards and Accreditation:

  • British/ISO/EN Standards: BS.EN.ISO 7253, BS 3900 F12, BS 3900 F4, BS 2011 Part2:1 ka, BS EN 60068.2-52 kb, BS 5466, BS 7479, BS 3900 F18, ISO 20340, ISO 11 997, ISO 9227, ISO 3768.
  • German Standards: DIN 50.021, VG 95332/4, VG 95210/2
  • American Standards: ASTM B117, ASTM D5894, ASTM G85 (1,2,3+5), ASTM B368, SAE J2334
  • French Standards: NFX 41-002, CT. UOI OIA, NFA 91-101, PNX 14-002
  • Japanese Standards: JIS Z 2371, JIS H 8502, JASCO M 6009  

Corporate Standards:

  • Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, G.M, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, Volvo, VW, Audi, and BMW 
Lab Equipment HEKA PG 340 ElPro SECM

Scanning Electrochemical Microscope (SECM)

UBC’s corrosion lab is equipped with a high-resolution Scanning Electrochemical Microscope (SECM) coupled with HEKA’s PG 340 ElPro Scan Controller and Potentiostat. 

General Equipment

Laboratory Equipment

Ametek PARSTAT4000 Potentiostat/Galvanostat 

Lab Equipment

Ametek VersaSTAT 3F Potentiostat/Galvanostat  

Laboratory Equipment - Ametek-VersaSTAT-4

Ametek VersaSTAT 4 Potentiostat/Galvanostat 

Lab Equipment Autolab PGSTAT 204

Autolab PGSTAT204 

Lab Equipment Autolab-PGSTAT302

Autolab PGSTAT302 

Lab Equipment Autolab-Booster

Autolab Booster10A554 

Gamry 600 Reference Potentiostat/Galvanostat 

Lab Equipment Ossila Contact Angle Goniometer

Ossila Contact Angle Goniometer

Lab Equipment PATTI Quantum Digital Adhesion Tester

PAATTI Quantum Digital Adhesion Tester 

Lab Equipment Pine Rotating disk (RDE)

Pine Rotating disk (RDE) 

Lab Equipment Princeton Applied Research / EG&G 273 Potentiostat / Galvanostat

Princeton Applied Research 273A Potentiostat/Galvanostat  

Lab Equipment Princeton Applied Research Quartz Crystal Microbalance M922

Princeton Applied Research Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) M922 

Lab Equipment Solartron 1287A Potentiostat Galvanostat

Solartron 1287A Potentiostat/Galvanostat