Combinatorial Materials Science and High-Throughput Methods

Combinatorial Materials Science

The idea of combinatorial materials science is to develop and use advanced materials fabrication methods which produce a large number of different materials on a substrate in one experiment under identical conditions.
After the combinatorial deposition process the material libraries are screened for desired physical properties by adequate high-throughput characterization tools. Most effectively the screening is performed by parallel (e.g. optical) or fast sequential methods.
By using the combinatorial materials science approach, an accelerated development of new materials can be expected.

Materials Informatics

Following some exemplary publications regarding the recent research.

High Entropy Alloy and Complex Solid Solution Nanoparticles for Electrocatalysis

Following some exemplary publications regarding the recent research.

Synthesis of Nanoparticle Libraries by Combinatorial Sputtering in Ionic Liquids

Following some exemplary publications regarding the recent research.

Materials for Future Energy Systems

- Solar-water splitting for sustainable hydrogen (metal oxynitrides) - Combinatorial thin film libraries of novel hydrogen storage materials (complex metal hydrides) - Electrocatalytic materials for energy conversion - Fuel cell materials (catalysts, diffusion barriers) - Lithium-ion battery materials (mechanical effects during lithiation) - Novel solid state thin film ionic conductors

MEMS Tools for Materials Science

- Development and application of micro-hotplates and electrode arrays in materials science
- Development of Microactuators based on shape-memory thin films
- Development and application of electrode arrays, micro-hotplates and cantilever arrays in materials science
- MEMS-based systems for in situ observation of the integrity of small scale systems

Conventional, High-Temperature and Ferromagnetic Shape-Memory-Alloys (SMA)

- Ternary and quarternary shape-memory-alloys with marginal hysteresis
- Influence of alloying elements of ternary and quarternary Ni-Ti-X-Y alloys
- Development of novel ferromagnetic shape-memory-alloys based on the Fe-Pd system
- Thin film to bulk scaling effects
- Nanoscale SMA
- Oxide SMA
- High temperature SMA

Nanostructures and Nanomaterials

- Nanoscale thin films
- Fabrication of nanoscale thin film objects using top-down and bottum-up approaches
- Development of novel nanocomposite materials, incorporating sensor and protective coating mechanisms

High-Temperature Materials

- Ni-, Co-Superalloys
- Development of multifunctional, microstructured oxide and nitride materials for application in harsh environments (e.g. high temperature, stress or corrosive environments)

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