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Materials Engineering Research Facility

Scaling up the theoretical to the practical

Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) is an integral part of the laboratory’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering program. The MERF’s capabilities include:

  • Development of analytical methods and quality control procedures for new material specifications
  • Scale-up of newly discovered materials
  • Analysis and and refinement of processes for materials synthesis
  • Providing kilogram quantities of available material to industry for testing
  • Evaluation of emerging manufacturing technologies

The MERF also serves as a user facility that is open to outside organizations, including other national laboratories, universities and industry for process R&D and scale-up of new materials and validation of emerging manufacturing processes. By bridging the gap between small-scale laboratory research and high-volume manufacturing, research at the MERF promotes the development, validation and ultimate commercialization of advanced material chemistries.