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NREL's analytic capabilities are based on an array of analytical instrumentation and diagnostic tools that allow highly skilled researchers perform novel experimentation that would be cost- and time-prohibitive for most institutions. A wide range of analytes can be safely tested and evolved with the expert operators and ventilated instrument enclosures, aiding in the synthesis of next-generation materials that are tailored to optimize stability and performance.

Researchers in the Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory of the Energy Systems Integration Facility run high-temperature instruments for the analysis of thermophysical properties. Small samples of candidate materials are prepared and characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and other specialized analytical methods.

Work in the Materials Characterization Laboratory covers multiple analytical operations, with the overall goal of troubleshooting synthetic materials or process streams to improve performance.

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