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Nano- and Micromechanical Lab

The nano- and micromechanical lab within the SMART-H project is dedicated to understanding the hydrogen-material reaction at a nano- to micro-scale. In-situ and ex-situ hydrogen-charging approaches are specially designed for small-scale mechanical testing. Instrumented nanoindentation and small-scale tensile tests are the most frequently used testing techniques. The combination of the small-scale mechanical testing and ex-situ/ in-situ hydrogen-charging can reveal a wide range of material’s intrinsic physical behavior when in reaction with hydrogen.


TI950 nanoindenter (Bruker): feasible for ex-situ & in-situ electrochemical charging

PI85 nanoindenter 1 (Bruker): feasible for ex-situ charging & in-situ hydrogen-plasma/ ESEM (water vapor) charging

5 kN tensile/ compression module 1 (Kammrath & Weiss): feasible for ex-situ charging & in-situ hydrogen-plasma charging

FT-NMT04 nanoindenter 1 (FemtoTools) (in progress): feasible for ex-situ charging & in-situ hydrogen-plasma/ hydrogen gas 2 charging

Small-scale autoclave 3 for in-situ high pressure gaseous hydrogen – material interaction

1 can be integrated into SEM
up to 1.3 bar hydrogen pressure
in progress

The small-scale PI85 nanoindenter, which can fit into an SEM chamber.
Schematic of the 5 kN tensile/ compression module inside the ESEM chamber with in-situ hydrogen-plasma charging.
The TI 950 triboindenter integrated with homemade hydrogen charging cell enables the nanomechanical testing with in-situ hydrogen charging.

Laboratory Contact


Dong Wang

Laboratory manager


Richard Birkelands Vei 2B