Argonne National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering program accelerates the development and scale-up of new processes for manufacturing the next generation of complex energy materials. Application domains of focus include materials for energy storage, water purification, and advanced catalysts. The program harnesses and integrates Argonne’s leading capabilities in materials design, discovery, synthesis, processing, and characterization; artificial intelligence, modeling, and simulation; and scalable process R&D. Argonne scientists and engineers de-risk new materials synthesis and processing technologies, facilitating their transfer to industry and ultimate commercialization.
The program is centered at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF), which has a successful track record of materials and process innovation in collaboration with leading U.S. manufacturers. The MERF is currently undergoing an expansion that will, upon completion in fall 2019, expand its suite of advanced processes and more than double facility size. MERF capabilities include:
- Scale-up of newly developed materials
- Development of analytical methods and quality control procedures for new material specifications
- Analysis and refinement of processes for materials synthesis
- Delivery of kilogram quantities of novel materials to industry for testing
- Evaluation of emerging manufacturing technologies
Access to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), two of Argonne’s national user facilities, further enhances the value of partnering with Argonne. As the source of the brightest hard x-rays in the Western Hemisphere, the APS offers the ability to monitor microscopic processes in situ, providing valuable analytical characterization insights that are inaccessible to traditional scale-up facilities.
The ALCF houses leading expertise in large-scale modeling, simulation, and machine learning. In 2021, ALCF will commission Aurora, the United States’ first exascale supercomputer, capable of performing a billion billion operations per second.
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Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America’s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
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