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In the applied research, the material’s properties are determinant as well.  Moreover, the synthesis route now not only has to be efficient in achieving novel materials or materials with a specific property, it also has to answer to requirements following from industrialization: restrictions are imposed related to the upscalability, cost, safety and environmental regulations.  This can have (massive) consequences regarding the allowed reagents, solvents, thermal budget etc.  Several cases below exemplify the kinds of activities the applied research in the IPC group encompasses:

  • Screening of large numbers of compounds by robust and yet compositionally flexible routes e.g. thin film deposition or powder synthesis by aqueous solution-gel routes
  • Upscaling of synthesis routes to achieve larger production amounts in collaboration with companies
    Dedicated research solving a direct need within a company with IP owned by the industrial partner

Literature illustrating this type of research from our group include:

Combustion synthesis as a low temperature route to Li4Ti5O12 based powders for lithium ion battery anodes.

De Sloovere, Dries; Marchal, Wouter; Ulu, Fulya; Vranken, Thomas; Verheijen, Maarten; Van Bael, Marlies K. & Hardy, An.

RSC ADVANCES, 7(30), 2017 p. 18745-18754

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