Ames Lab develops course of for 3D printing of catalysts

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2 November 2017

The US Division of Power’s Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing course of that creates a chemically energetic catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to extra environment friendly methods to supply catalysts for advanced chemical reactions in a large scope of industries.

Whereas 3D printing has discovered functions in lots of areas, its use as a option to management chemical reactions, or catalysis, is comparatively new. Present manufacturing of 3D catalysts sometimes entails varied strategies of depositing the chemically energetic brokers onto pre-printed constructions.

The Ames Laboratory technique combines the construction with the chemistry in just one step utilizing cheap business 3D printers. The constructions are designed in a pc and constructed instantly by shining a laser via a shower of custom-made resins that polymerize and harden layer-by-layer. The ultimate product that emerges has catalytic properties already intrinsic to the item.

The catalysts constructed with this technique demonstrated success in a number of reactions frequent to natural chemistry. They’re additionally adaptable with additional post-processing, making potential multi-step reactions.

We will management the form of the construction itself, what we name the macroscale options; and the design of the catalyst, the nanoscale options, on the similar time. This opens up many potentialities to quickly produce constructions customized to carry out quite a lot of chemical conversions.

—Igor Slowing, a scientist in heterogeneous catalysis on the US Division of Power’s Ames Laboratory


  • J. Sebastián Manzano, Zachary B. Weinstein, Aaron D. Sadow, and Igor I. Slowing (2017) “Direct 3D Printing of Catalytically Energetic Buildings” ACS Catalysis 7, pp 7567–7577
    doi: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02111

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