Functional OXide Discovery (FOXD). FOXD is a pioneering combinatorial approach to materials selection and to materials research. The High Throughput Screening is based on thick-film technology and is targeted at ceramics although it can be used for other materials. The team has built a large-scale combinatorial robot based around an aspirating-dispensing ink-jet printer. Ceramic libraries can be printed, sintered and tested for a range of functional properties by the robot. The system will soon be linked to the e-science network. Led by Peter Coveney, John Kilner, Neil Alford and Julian Evans.
Data mining of the ceramic materials database for the development of predictive algorithms.
Control software for the combinatorial robot.
Automated data collection of the generated results.