Expanding the Scope of Combinatorial Synthesis of Inorganic Solids: Application of the Split&Pool Principle for the Screening of Functional Materials
The fields of combinatorial and high-throughput experimentation (HTE) have matured to accepted scientific and technological branches and are applied in research chains throughout the academic world and in industry. Especially challenging was the technological transition of the “combichem approaches” deriving from organic chemistry towards the world of inorganic materials synthesis and screening. For many scientists of the materials science community this transition was seen as one that could never be achieved successfully. Nevertheless academic and industrial groups achieved scientific solutions and technological standards that allow high-throughput screening of inorganic materials for diverse properties of interest. The number of true combinatorial approaches though, applied to inorganic materials sciences, is small, if not negligible.