Cell for electrical impedance measurements designed for investigation of highly reactive samples

Project Leader: Karol Fijałkowski, PhD Project period: 2017 - 2021
Project funding: NCBiR - TANGO 2, NCN
Project description:

The aim of the project IMPET is a development of a new device (IMPEDANCE CHAMBER) designed for impedance measurements of highly reactive materials. The device coupled with impedance analyzer allows for investigation of electric properties of matter in a function of frequency, temperature and pressure simultaneously. The applications of this technique has grown tremendously over the past few years in a wide variety of scientific and industrial fields such as fuel cell testing, biomolecular interaction, and microstructural characterization, to name a few. Currently on the market there is no product which offers similar measurement capabilities. In particular, existing devices do not allow for an investigation of reactive samples, and to carry out measurements as a function of many experimental parameters simultaneously.

The IMPEDANCE CHAMBER currently is at an advanced stage of development. The Technology Readiness Level TRL has been estimated to be 6 in the 9-point scale, which is a working prototype after environmental testing. The project includes a functional development of the device, building of a business model, commercialization strategies and establishing economic relations. Subsequently, testing and certification of the device will be done, and preparation of a demonstration model will follow. Also, a patent protection will be maintained. The project will be realized at the University of Warsaw (Centre of New Technologies) with a participation of an engineering company KEMI. The multiskilled project team shall include, among others, a chemist, an electrochemist, an engineer, a manager, a product designer and a patent attorney. Most of the project activities in project will be conducted jointly by all members of the team using the Stanford Design Thinking Model.

Karol Fijałkowski