Combinatorial Materials Synthesis and High-Throughput Characterization
Ichiro Takeuchi, Lauterbach Jochen, Michael J. Fasolka
The pace at which major technological changes take place is often dictated by the rate at which new materials are discovered, and timely arrival of new materials has always played a key role in bringing advances to our society. There is no wonder then that the so-called combinatorial or the high-throughput strategy has been embraced by practitioners of materials science in virtually every field. Pioneered by the pharmaceutical industry, the combinatorial method is now widely considered a watershed in the accelerated discovery and optimization of new materials. High-throughput experimentation allows simultaneous synthesis and screening of large arrays of different materials.