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.

 

 

Unique

  • 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  

Standard

  • 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.

Large Scale Synthesis

For large scale synthesis the Materials Engineering Research (MERF) facility at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) can be availed.

Berkeley Lab Principal Investigators