We develop combinatorial measurement methods and metrologies for the rapid generation of comprehensive and consistent datasets. Manufacturers of devices based on functional inorganic materials can leverage these methodologies and/or datasets to screen and select new materials more rapidly and intelligently.
What is combinatorial materials science?
The goal of combinatorial materials science is high-throughput, high quality data generation to facilitate rapid materials discovery, optimization, development, and commercialization. There are three essential steps:
What is it good for?
What are some example problems?
Materials for thermochromic smart windows that automatically darken on hot days. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) undergoes a thermochromic phase transition from a transparent state (low temperature) to a reflective state (high temperature); the transition temperature is in the range of 10ºC to 70ºC, depending on substitutional impurities such as tungsten.
Thin film 'working' phase diagrams. Thin films are technologically important for many industries, but are often non-equilibrium and hence, published equilibrium bulk phase diagrams are of limited use in process development. Combinatorial synthesis enables high-throughput exploration of composition-microstructure-process parameter space.
Start Date:October 24, 2008
Lead Organizational Unit:mml
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