Combinatorial Materials Science: Measures of Success
Michael J. Fasolka, Eric J. Amis
points across parameter space. When designed effectively, combinatorial libraries explore a range of parameters in a rational and reliable manner. Second, where traditional experiments test and analyze samples in a one at a time mode, combinatorial libraries are best complemented by high-throughput measurements that assess multiple library elements in parallel, or through a rapid serial approach. Conceptually, it is obvious that the coalescence of these two aspects of combi can result in materials research that is rapid and comprehensive in its scope. This promise accounts for the intense interest in recent years surrounding these methods. Yet, it is equally obvious that the realization of these goals for materials discovery and materials science relies on how the methods are implemented. In this respect, strategies often are driven and structured by a priori visions of what success in combinatorial materials science entails. On this point the philosophy of combi comes into question.