Materials Engineering Research Facility
Argonne's new Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) supports the laboratory's Advanced Battery Materials Synthesis and Manufacturing R&D Program. The MERF is enabling the development of manufacturing processes for producing advanced battery materials in sufficient quantity for industrial testing.
The research conducted in this program is known as process scale-up. Scale-up R&D involves taking a laboratory-developed material and developing a safe, reliable and economical commercial-scale process. This represents one of the most significant hurdles in transitioning new battery materials and technologies to the market.
By bridging the gap between small-scale laboratory research and high-volume battery manufacturing, research at the MERF will lead to substantial progress in the development, validation and ultimate commercialization of advanced battery materials chemistries.
While the MERF supports Argonne's R&D program in batteries and ultracapacitors, it is also structured as a user facility open to outside organizations, including other national laboratories, universities and industry for the process R&D and scale-up of new materials and validation of emerging manufacturing processes.