Hands-on seminars

Hands-on seminars

Join our two-day Hands-on Seminars on Li-ion battery testing in Hamburg, Germany

Hands-on seminars

Join our two-day Hands-on Seminars on Li-ion battery testing in Hamburg, Germany

Hands-on seminars

Join our two-day Hands-on Seminars on Li-ion battery testing in Hamburg, Germany

EL-CELL organizes seminars and training in its laboratory to impart knowledge about battery testing and to support researchers in effectively exerting our products. All necessary equipment, tools and materials are available in our laboratory for a successful seminar, but it is also possible for participants to bring their own devices or materials for testing.

All seminars are held by Dr. Matthias Hahn, the Head of Consulting and Development and co-founder of EL-CELL. Matthias has a PhD in physical chemistry and has gained extensive research experience as an electrochemist over 15 years working for Honeywell, Daimler and the Paul-Scherrer-Institute. His practical and easy-to-understand explanations make it easier for seminar participants to enter the subject matter. He is also open to questions which might arise after the seminar.

We offer free hotel reservation and shuttle service between acommodation and the laboratory. In order to registrate, please use the form at the end of this page.

Individual on-site training is offered in addition to the hands-on seminars. Just ask.

Hands-on seminar 1: Basic battery research


The Hands-on Seminar 1 covers the basics of Li-ion battery testing from making the electrodes to the electrochemical characterization in 2- and 3-electrode test cells and the interpretation of your own battery test results. You will build your own battery test cells, guided by our experienced battery researcher. Afterwards you will run your own electrochemical tests (impedance measurement, CCCV cycles, voltammetry)
with our latest test equipment and we will assist you in interpreting the results. Special emphasis is put on various failure modes, common pitfalls, possible artifacts and on how to identify and avoid problems and failures during your experiments.

Covered topics:

Li-ion battery introduction: Working principles, terminology, materials used, related technologies (Li-metal batteries, Li-ion capacitators, super capacitators, dual intercalation batteries, Li-air batteries)

Safety and corrosion issues within the Li-ion research laboratory

Equipment required in a battery research laboratory

Pros and cons of different test cells (18650 test cell, Coin cells, Pouch cells, Swagelok® cells, Hohsen Corp., PAT-Cell)

Electrode making from powder to sheet

Building 2- and 3-electrode test cells with glass fiber and polyolefin separators

CCCV cycle tests

Impedance spectroscopy with and without reference electrode


Life cycle tests

Hands-on seminar 1 dates:

09th + 10th November, 2017

Target audience:

PhD students, battery research novices, career changers from other subjects (maximum 6 participants)

Required educational background:

Chemistry, material sciences, electrochemical basics




Two days (8 hours per day)


Regular registration: 1,300 € / 1,200 € *
PhD students ** : 650 € / 600 €*

*early bird discount (up to 4 weeks in advance)
** confirmation required

Hands-on seminar 2: Advanced battery research


The Hands-on Seminar 2 covers a variety of in-situ techniques for special testing applications in Li-ion battery research. Emphasis is put on how to set up and operate in-situ tests cells and how to identify and avoid potential pitfalls during the experimentation. You will have the chance to set up your own experiments and run tests with the available  EL-CELL test cells. Extensive information is provided on how to adapt the test cells to the requirements and experiments of the participants.

Covered topics:

Electrochemical dilatometry

  • Working principle of dilatometry
  • Case studies of dilatometer experiments
  • Own experiments with ECD-3 and ECD-3-nano (dilatometer)

Optical in-situ techniques

  • Introduction to battery test cells for optical experiments in reflective mode, e.g. optical microscopy, X-ray and Raman spectroscopy
  • Case studies of optical experiments
  • Own experiments with ECC-Opto-Std

In-situ test cells for gas analysis

  • Case studies of gas analysis experiments
  • Assembly of test cells PAT-Cell-Press, ECC-Air and ECC-DEMS

Li-ion battery testing with 3-electrode test cells

  • Benefits and limitations of 3-electrode measurements
  • Tackling reference artifacts
  • Building and running 3-electrode test cells with ring-shaped reference electrode

Hands-on seminar 2 dates:

15th + 16th June, 2017

Target audience:

Experienced electrochemical scientists, professional battery researchers (maximum 6 participants)

Required educational background:

Chemistry or electrochemistry, material science, ability to work independently with standard battery test cells




Two days (8 hours per day)


Regular registration: 1,300 € / 1,200 € *
PhD students ** : 650 € / 600 €*

*early bird discount (up to 4 weeks in advance)
** confirmation required

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Early bird discount is 8 % of the regular price. The early bird registration is available until four weeks prior to the seminar start. After this date only regular registration is possible.

Special requests on seminar topics

We may focus on special topics / EL-CELL products besides the described scope of the seminar, if the attendees wish. Just leave us a note.

Hotel reservation

EL-CELL GmbH offers to reserve a hotel accommodation (single or double rooms) for you in Hamburg at own travel expenses.

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Cancellation is free up to 1 week prior to the start of the seminar. After this date the cancellation fee is 50% of the seminar fee.

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