Scale-up R&D involves taking a laboratory-developed material and developing a safe, reliable and economical commercial-scale process. This represents one of the most significant hurdles in transitioning new materials and technologies to the market. By conducting scalable process research and development, Argonne researchers provide 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 yet 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. 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