Argonne National Laboratory

Process Development and Scale-up Program

Argonne's Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) offers world-class capabilities for materials processing and scale-up

Argonne's Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) offers world-class capabilities for materials processing and scale-up

Argonne’s Materials Synthesis and Manufacturing Research and Development Program bridges the gap between research and commercialization. By conducting scalable process research and development, Argonne researchers enable the transition of new materials and technology to the market, providing support to manufacturers that typically don’t want to take on the financial risks associated with process scale-up and development for materials that haven’t been validated.

Typically, materials invented in the Discovery Stage of research are produced in gram quantities. Initial processes can be scaled to produce materials up to hundreds of grams. Scaling to kilogram or larger scale can require substantial process modifications, and until that step occurs, economics, product consistency and quality are uncertain.

Although Argonne’s program today focuses almost exclusively on battery materials, our expertise and facilities available can be applied to nearly any material scale-up process. Argonne researchers can:

  • Develop scalable manufacturing processes
  • Develop analytical methods and quality control procedures
  • Prepare technology transfer packages
  • Prepare fully characterized kilogram quantities of the material available for industrial evaluation

Please see the download below for available materials.