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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Managed by the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducts unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Berkeley Lab's energy efficiency innovations have contributed more than $484B to the U.S. economy and we are delighted to partner with small businesses to solve some of their most pressing challenges across the areas of buildings, bio-energy, advanced manufacturing, vehicles, fuel cells and geothermal research and technologies. Strategically located in the Bay Area ecosystem of innovation, Berkeley Lab creates 12,000 jobs and contributed $1.6B to the US economy annually.

Capabilities

As an Office of Science Laboratory, LBNL is uniquely positioned to help emerging clean technology and clean energy small businesses evaluate, test, validate and assess bench-scale prototype technologies prior to scale up and manufacturing investments.

Capabilities include advanced materials manufacturing, critical materials, roll-to-roll manufacturing, process intensification, and CHP and grid integration. In materials manufacturing, LBNL’s strength in computation materials design (The Materials Project) provides a unique tool to evaluate material properties. Combine this expertise with the advanced synthesis capability with precise control over structure, size and shape of materials (Molecular Foundry) and advanced characterization tools (Advanced Light Source), allows new materials development in an accelerated fashion. It also enables exploration of alternates to critical materials and recycling strategies development. Battery and fuel cell expertise, understanding of roll-to-roll processing, and use of metrology to evaluate processes can be brought to bear. Catalysis research and technologies for separations also a core component at LBNL allows for energy use reduction in chemical industries. Integration of various technologies (solar, battery) on the grid and their control is a core capability at LBNL.

Partner with LBNL to:

  • Discover new materials for variety of applications including batteries, thermoelectric, corrosion resistances.
  • Use characterization tools (e.g. x-ray tomography or electrochemical) to evaluate process, architecture, and materials.
  • Develop inorganic nanoparticles, block copolymer structures, polymer and particle composites, inorganic-organic hybrid structures; synthesize at scale.
  • Use high throughput tools to synthesize and characterize materials.
  • Use computer simulations of prototype device designs and/or manufacturing processes prior to scale-up.

Facilities

Berkeley Lab is home to the following User Facilities:

Equipment and Instruments

  • Electrochemical testing and diagnostics, including impedance spectroscopy, from room temperature to 1000°C, and mA to 200A
  • Ceramics processing including tape casting, screen printing, particle milling, air and reducing sintering, and evaluation including dilatometry and mechanical testing

Expertise and Techniques

Berkeley Lab has deep experience in utilizing and developing expertise in the following areas:

  • Material discovery using computation materials design.
  • Synthesis of organic structures, inorganic materials, and hybrid structures
  • High throughout synthesis of materials
  • Advanced characterization tools of bulk structure, surface impurities, and changes with use.
  • Polymer composite formulation, electrode formulation and design.
  • Developing alternates to critical materials.
  • New processing of battery materials and their testing in devices
  • Metrology to determine impurities in a roll-to-roll line.
  • Modeling of processing, such as ink jet printing.
  • Ceramic synthesis and device fabrication and evaluation
  • Testing and optimization of electrochemical devices including fuel cells, batteries, flow cells, and electrochemical reactors
  • Battery and fuel cell materials and components characterization, including thermal, electrical, mechanical, and mass transport properties, pore structure visualization, thermal imaging, membrane transport properties, interface analysis

The Materials Project — Small businesses can data-mine scientific trends in materials properties for production and scale up.

HPC Simulation at NERSC — the Edison system (Cray XC30) enables computations, data, and algorithms to run at unparalleled speed accelerating synthesis and scale up.

Additional Information

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