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Energy and Global Security

Ceramics and Covetic Materials

Optimizing ceramic and covetic materials for practical engineering applications

Argonne researchers investigate the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of ceramic and covetic materials to optimize their properties for practical engineering applications.

Focus Areas

  • Covetic materials (nanocarbon-infused metals/alloys) for conductors with high thermal & electrical conductivity
  • Dielectrics for power inverters/converters for automotive & industrial electronics
  • Mixed-conductors for gas separation membranes and electrodes
  • Ionic-conductors  for fuel cells and electrolyzers
  • Membrane reactors for reactive separation and chemical synthesis
  • High-temperature superconductors for electric power applications
  • Piezoelectrics for energy harvesting
  • Materials fabrication, including melt-processing; aerosol-, physical vapor-, & chemical solution-deposition processes; powder synthesis with controlled stoichiometry/morphology; and wire drawing/rolling
  • Characterization, including thermal; electrical; electrochemical; X-ray, microstructural and chemical