Synthesis: Electrode Materials and Solid-State Electrolytes
Over the past decade at Berkeley Lab, work in materials synthesis has been an area of growth―from synthesis of new materials, to doping of traditional materials, to high-throughput synthesis of speculative materials―enabling us to provide expertise in designing, synthesizing, and optimizing electrode active materials and ceramic electrolytes.
- High-Throughput Synthesis
- Solid-state reactions: precursor mixing by planetary mill (max. cap. 8 samples per trial), regular shaker mill
- Wet chemistry: co-precipitation, sol-gel, etc. with automatic liquid handler (max. cap. 24 samples per trial)
- High-temperature furnace with resort: around 20 samples per run with uniform temperature and well-controlled environment
(oxygen, argon, nitrogen, etc.)
- 3-zone furnace: 3 samples at three different temperatures (< 100°C) per furnace run with well controlled environment (oxygen, argon, nitrogen)
- Air furnace: around 20 samples per run under air
- Complete facilities for solid-state, co-precipitation, combustion, sol-gel, solvothermal, ion-exchange, molten-salt and electrospinning synthesis.
- Wet chemical labs equipped with mills, presses, and high-temperature furnaces, with ability to control atmosphere (nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen mixes, etc.)
- Equipment for hydrothermal processing, spray pyrolysis, co-precipitation, microwave-assisted synthesis and ion-exchange reactions.