40 years of innovation.

A Pioneer in Electrochemistry Instrumentation for 40 years

OUR STORY

A history closely linked to that of the electric battery.

In 2024, BioLogic celebrates its 40th anniversary. Forty years supporting electrochemistry pioneers. When the company was founded in 1983, BioLogic instruments were mainly used in physiology and neuroscience, hence the name BioLogic. But for over 30 years now, the company has gradually specialized in electrochemistry. And since the 2000s, its history has been intimately linked to that of batteries and energy storage. It’s this story we’d like to share with you on the occasion of our 40th anniversary.

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Travel back in time with us.

ONE TEAM, DIVERSE PROFILES

  • COLLABORATION
    Rozenn & Guillaume, product marketing.
  • SUPPORT
    Sandra & Abdellatif, supply chain.
  • EXCELLENCE
    Jean-Pierre, instruments evolution.
  • COMMITMENT
    Stéphanie & Pierre, software engineering.
  • RELIABILITY
    Benjamin & Khalil, packaging and dispatch.
  • INNOVATION
    Bogdan, scientific expertise.
  • TECHNOLOGY
    Camille & Éric, mechanical engineering.
  • QUALITY
    Jade, instrument testing.
  • RESPECT
    Yannick, Romain & Céline, industrialization.
  • FLEXIBILITY
    Maxime, software testing.
  • PRECISION
    Everdan, instrument assembly.
  • AMBITION
    Soumia & Robin, design office (R&D).


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Winners will be selected by BioLogic employees.
The contest closes March 31st. Winners will be announced on April 15.

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DIVING INTO THE HISTORY OF THE ELECTRIC BATTERY

    • 2024

      The whole world is trying (again, as it did at the time of the oil crisis) to make itself less dependent on fossil fuels. Research is focused on developing ever more efficient, lighter and environmentally-friendly batteries. Today, progress is being made with lithium-air, lithium-sulfur and sodium batteries. BioLogic continues to orient its instruments and their multiple functionalities to respond to this new research.

      #forinnovation #BioLogic40years

      Discover BioLogic in video

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    • 2020

      BioLogic integrates the High Precision Coulometry technique in its instruments. This advanced electrochemical approach revolutionizes battery testing by enabling precise measurement of charge and discharge currents, providing a direct assessment of the coulombic efficiency (CE) – a crucial indicator of battery health. The ability to accurately measure CE with HPC allows for the early detection of battery degradation and facilitates the development of strategies to enhance battery lifespan.

      Find out more about HPC.

      High precision coulometry was first developed by Dr. Jeff Dahn’s laboratory at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, in 2010.

    • 2019

      The Nobel Prize in Chemistry crowns the careers of the founding fathers of lithium battery technology, Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough (BioLogic instrument users for thirty years!) and Akira Yoshino.

      #supportinginnovators

      The invention of rechargeable batteries: an interview with Akira Yoshino.

      The three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
      (illustration N. Elmehed, Nobel media).



    • 2014

      With the launch of its top-of-the-range BCS-800 cyclers*, BioLogic has entered the field of volume battery testing. Designed to perform multiple measurements in parallel, these cyclers enable researchers and engineers to evaluate battery performance over time and optimize their design.
      * Instruments for programming and controlling charge/discharge cycles to measure battery performance over time.

      Know more about cyclers.

      BioLogic cycling racks allow up to 208 samples to be tested simultaneously over long periods of time.


    • 2012

      BioLogic’s acquisition of Uniscan, a leader in scanning technology, led to the development of the M470, a modular instrument that transformed scanning probe electrochemistry. Unlike conventional potentiostats limited to analyzing one element at a time, the M470’s scanning capability enables simultaneous analysis of multiple elements on a surface, opening up new frontiers in electrochemical research.

      I want to know more about scanning probe!

      The M470, a modular instrument allowing users to exploit 9 local electrochemistry techniques from 7 modules.


    • 2009

      BioLogic is focusing its activities on energy storage applications to meet the growing demand for battery research. The Premium range of potentiostat/ galvanostats launched in 2009 further enhances analysis capabilities, in particular by taking EIS to performance levels never before achieved, and always on several channels at the same time. This Premium range is still used worldwide to study battery materials, corrosion and electrochemical processes in general.

      Know more about potentiostat / galvanostat.
      All you need to know about EIS.

      The SP-300 potentiostat/galvanostat, one of the pioneering instruments in the Premium range.


    • 2003

      BioLogic introduces the VMP2, a significant step forward in electrochemical instruments. Each board in the VMP2 serves as a potentiostat/galvanostat, enabling remarkable acquisition speeds, 100 times faster than its predecessor.
      Building upon the foundation of the VMP2, BioLogic launches the VMP3 in 2005, the world’s first multichannel potentiostat/galvanostat to offer fully integrated electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The VMP3 is also the first BioLogic instrument to feature a blue case, an original color at a time when scientific instruments are often gray. All subsequent BioLogic instruments will be designed in this color. Gradually, it will become the BioLogic’s emblematic color.
      In the same period, BioLogic revolutionizes electrochemical data acquisition and processing with the introduction of the “Modify on the fly” software concept. This allows the parameters of a technique to be modified during execution. Users can dynamically optimize and adapt measurement and recording conditions without interrupting the experiment.

      #blueboxAll you need to know about EIS.

      Since 2005 and the launch of the VMP3, BioLogic has been known as “the blue box company”.



    • Mid to late 1990s

      BioLogic pushes the boundaries of electrochemical research with a series of innovative instruments, including the VMP and EC-Lab software. With its capacities, the VMP, a multi-channel potentiostat/galvanostat, revolutionizes measurements by taking data acquisition to a whole new level: 16 channels in 20 milliseconds.
      Designed for PC compatibility, the VMP introduces an Ethernet network-based communication interface, eliminating the need for a serial port. Complementing the VMP, EC-Lab software provides a user-friendly interface for controlling the instrument, analyzing data, and sharing results across the network.

      #theelectrochemistrysoftware

      The first version of the VMP, the first instrument of its kind in the world to connect to a networked computer.


    • 1991-1992

      While Sony is marketing the first rechargeable lithium-ion battery, BioLogic industrializes and commercializes the world’s first multi-channel potentiostat/galvanostat controlled by a computer (the famous Macintosh) which is entirely dedicated to electrochemical research,, in particular battery materials testing. This revolutionary instrument, the MacPile developed by a CNRS engineer, Christian Mouget, under the direction of French researcher Yves Chabre and its subsequent versions transform research by enabling simultaneous analysis of several cells, and considerably improving analysis efficiency.

      #worldfirst

      BioLogic’s MacPile, the world’s first computer-controlled multichannel potentiostat/ galvanostat.


    • 1983

      It is a biologist, Yves Dupont, who creates BioLogic in December 1983 (with young entrepreneur Philippe Cimadomo) to develop the measuring instruments he needs for his research. At that time, the company designs tools for molecular and cellular biology, hence the name BioLogic.

      BioLogic founder Yves Dupont, pictured in 2003, at the company’s 20th anniversary.


    • 1980

      American chemist and physicist John B. Goodenough invents the lithium cobalt dioxide cathode, and Moroccan physicist and electrochemist Rachid Yazami develops a graphite anode. A few years later, Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino’s research team builds the first lithium-ion battery prototype, a more stable and safer version of the lithium battery.

      Model of part of the crystal structure of lithium cobalt oxide, LiCoO₂
      (Wikipedia illustration).


    • 1970

      The beginning of the history of lithium batteries coincides with the energy crisis triggered by the oil shorage. Fifty years ago, the desire to replace fossil fuels was already motivating the development of alternative energies, in particular electricity and methods for storing it. It is the work of American chemist Stanley Whittingham that leads to the invention of the lithium metal battery, material he uses for the anode. But this early technology is unstable and presents safety problems.

      Stanley Whittingham, one of the pioneers of the lithium battery
      (photo : A. Mahmoud, Nobel Media)


    • 1942

      Although the first potentiostatic method was used in 1903, it was in 1942, in England, that the principle of the modern three-electrode potentiostat is born, thanks to the work of electrochemist Archie Hickling. This marks the beginning of the measurement of electrochemical phenomena in complex systems.

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    • 1859

      Frenchman Gaston Planté, observing the electrolysis of water, develops the first lead-acid battery. This is the world’s first rechargeable lead-acid battery, designed on a principle that is still in use today.

      Gaston Planté
      (Wikipedia illustration).


    • 1799

      Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invents the first electric battery. The Volta battery consists of pairs of copper and zinc disks stacked on top of each other and separated by a layer of brine-soaked cloth or cardboard.

      Alessandro Volta and an example of the first battery
      (illustration and photo: Wikipedia).



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