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Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) Expansion

Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) expansion will create a collaboration space for universities, industry and other government agencies to share technology development on advanced manufacturing proof-of-concept research.

Argonne can provide the R&D support to accelerate advanced materials scale-up and process optimization capabilities. Argonne will more than double its scale up and manufacturing space with the opening in FY19 of the Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF) expansion. This will provide a convening ground for partnerships between Argonne, industry, national labs, and academia on manufacturing science and engineering. 

The MERF expansion will provide 1,500 square feet of new collaboration work space, plus 6,000 square feet of new lab and highbay space for research, validation, and scale-up for research at the technology readiness level (TRL) of 2 to 4.The facility will have three initial goals:

  • Use scientific discovery and a science-based approach to transform the process of scaling advanced materials, catalytic processes, and fabrication of high-performance devices.
  • Provide a place for public and private partnerships with access to Argonne’s portfolio of capabilities in discovery science, machine learning, simulation, x-ray science, and new materials and chemistries.
  • Explore new manufacturing approaches by integrating smart sensors, simulations, and materials data to create smart, multifunctional devices. Addition of mixed and augmented reality will allow on-site and remote users to collaborate efficiently and form impactful partnerships.