Fast-tracking materials, processing and formulation research
Post author: Ben Muir. Last update: 02/11/2015 at 2:39 pm by Ben Muir.
The Rapid Automated Materials & Processing centre (RAMP) enables the automated and high-throughput synthesis, optimisation and processing of materials for use in various industries and academic research projects. RAMP facilitates and streamlines the development of new advanced materials by consolidating robotic and automated equipment with the relevant expertise (of CSIRO researchers) at a single site. Accelerating research and development can contribute to significant savings in research programs, product design and process optimisation. The approaches used are particularly applicable to the manufacturing, health and technology sectors.
The value that the RAMP centre creates for our partners is the fast-tracking of research through the application of automated materials’ synthesis, characterisation and testing workflows.. This is facilitated through the development of optimised processing protocols which enable a faster introduction of the materials produced into the marketplace via their rapid optimisation which is rarely possible using standard research and development techniques.
We aid chemistry and materials processing workflows through the use of
- intelligent experimental design
- robotic-assisted synthesis platforms
- high-throughput performance evaluation
- rapid and automated characterisation
- data storage and mining (informatics).
In partnership with industry and academia the use of equipment in RAMP has enhanced research in several fields via making libraries of various materials and aiding formulation with our robotic synthesis equipment including:
- New Chemical Entity Discovery (e.g. Therapeutic compounds and nanoparticles for use in applications such as cancer treatment and Gene therapy)
- RAFT & other polymer synthesis techniques
- Novel formulation for drug delivery applications
- Mining (High energy release materials)
- Chemical Processing (Catalytic processes and thermal treatment)
- Preparation of metal organic frameworks, inorganics, nanoparticles and ionic liquids
- Fine Chemical Manufacturing
The RAMP centre is accelerating the adoption of smart materials into a broad range of applications’ using new approaches to provide improved productivity. The centre offers rapid multi-scale design and optimisation of materials properties which leads to the creation of novel materials. An increased competitive advantage for our partners can be created by developing solutions through better products, processes and services.
Features and capabilities of this facility include:
- A fully equipped materials synthesis laboratory with state-of-the-art instrumentation
- In-house technical support and training provided including workflow integration
- Two Chemspeed robotic synthesis platforms
- An Avantium Flowrence High-Throughput catalysis unit
- A nanoparticle handling laboratory with specialised equipment
- A DotBot solid pin microarray robot for printing materials
- A biotage microwave reactor
- Robotic arm and furnace
- 3D printing
- A Flexstation 3 kinetic microtitre UV-fluorescence-luminescence plate reader with monochromator
- A plate readerformat DLS- Wyatt DynaPro Titan (nanoparticle sizing)
- A Zetasizer Nano (nanoparticle sizing)
- An ArraywoRx microarray scanner
Biological Science, catalysts, Fluoresence, formulation, high-throughput synthesis, Informatics, inorganic materials, ionic liquids, materials design, Materials Libraries, Materials Science, Materials Synthesis, metal organic frameworks, Nano Science, nanoparticles, organic materials, Particle sizing, peptide synthesis, polymers, production, UVTags: