Low-Temperature Material Synthesis
What is it?
A novel nanofermentation process that biologically converts solvents (precursors) to nanoparticles. Precursors and bacteria control the particle characteristics for a wide range of materials from CIGS to powder metals.
Why is it Important
- A very scalable and low cost/low energy process for the production of a wide range of nano-particle materials
- A 50,000 gal fermentor provides 500k g/month of nano-particle materials
- Environmentally friendly process of no wasted materials
What is the Status?
- Large quantities of CIGS have been fermented at ORNL
- Providing materials for Additive Manufacturing processes for products such as thin film photovoltaics from CIGS