The sequential or simultaneous synthetic preparation of potentially vast numbers of related compounds is termed Combinatorial Chemistry and this approach has been widely used for drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. In general combinatorial techniques describe any protocol that allows a large number of compounds to be prepared in a fraction of the time required if they were prepared individually by classical methods. The discovery of complex solid materials with desirable chemical or physical properties is an obvious target for the application of simultaneous preparation techniques.
We use in vacuo sputter deposition to generate libraries of thin metal alloy or mixed metal oxide films spanning an entire 3-phase diagram. These planar library arrays effectively span millions of different compositions allowing a vast number of new materials with desirable catalytic, electronic, or magnetic properties to be generated in a single experiment.
We are also interested in developing new high-throughput screening techniques such as IR thermography, for real-time, parallel imaging of the catalytic activity or thermal emissivity of an entire library.
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