The functional materials exploration research (including ceramics) has been progressing year by year toward multi-component systems, and there is a trend toward finding highly functional materials under multi-component and multi-level conditions. However, it requires an enormous amount of time just to continue with conventional experimental methods. To accomplish these tasks in a short period of time, it is necessary to develop high-throughput technologies in "synthesis", "measurement" and "analysis". We have been working on the development of high-throughput technology for "ceramic powders" based on combinatorial chemistry. To date, we have been able to process more than 100 samples per day on an independent basis for " synthesis" "measurement" and "analysis", respectively. Our goal is to create a system that integrates these independent potentials and enables autonomous research as a series of flows. In parallel with this goal, we are also challenging to propose new materials and analyze the mechanisms of various properties by machine learning, utilizing the data sets including process information we have accumulated.
Our synthesis technology is based on our know-how of various synthesis methods, including not only solid state reaction method but also solution process such as sol-gel, electrostatic spray deposition, and co-precipitation methods, soft chemical processes, and single crystal growth technology using the flux method. Furthermore, we have know-how in evaluation techniques such as structural evaluation by X-ray diffraction, performance evaluation of thermoelectric conversion, photocatalysts and exhaust gas purification catalysts, gas sensors, phosphors, shape memory alloys, and conventional evaluation techniques for ionic conductors that consist of battery materials and solid oxide fuel cell materials. Of course, these conventional studies are also necessary for us.
We continue our research for new materials explorations by using all of our expertise (existing and newly developed).