New Paper Published

A. Dutta, I. Zelocualtecatl Montiel, R. Erni, K. Kiran, M, Rahaman, J. Drnec, P. Broekmann
Activation of bimetallic AgCu foam electrocatalysts for ethanol formation from CO2 by selective Cu oxidation/reduction
Nano Energy 68 (2019) 104331 DOI

Successful PhD defense

On the 20th of December 2019, Alena Cedeño López successfully defended her PhD thesis “Chemical compositional analysis of interconnect structures by means of laser ablation ionization mass spectrometry”.

Congratulations to Alena!

New Paper Published

A. Cedeño López, V. Grimaudo, A. Riedo, M. Tulej, R. Wiesendanger, R. Lukmanov, P. Moreno-García, E. Lörtscher, P. Wurz, P. Broekmann
Three-Dimensional Composition Analysis of SnAg Solder Bumps Using Ultraviolet Femtosecond Laser Ablation Ionization Mass Spectrometry
Anal. Chem. (2019) DOI


New ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer) for highly accurate elemental analysis installed.

The instrument (NexION 2000, Perkin Elmer) is currently in the testing phase. Routine measurements will be carried out from November 2019 on.

Dr. Vitali Grozovski (scientist in charge) at the NexION 2000.

Nano-(electro)chemistry day

Nano-(electro)chemistry day at the high-school Lerbermatt in Köniz (

The Interfacial Electrochemistry group at the DCB supported this event by carrying out experiments related to the synthesis of nanoparticles, the electrodeposition of metal foams and the electrochemical screeening of plating additives used for the advanced metallization of interconnect features in integrated circuits.