High productivity R&D methods
Every development program faces unique technical challenges. This is why Intermolecular’s High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) methodology relies on customer-specific workflows that allow rapid exploration of a wide range of possible solutions.
These workflows typically combine:
- HPC and non-HPC process equipment
- Automatic characterization using HPC-enabled metrology tools
- Fully optimized procedures
- An Informatics data-management system with customized analytics
The workflows provide the capability to rapidly perform the necessary experiments, measure and screen the results, and manage and analyze the vast amount of data collected.
Once the workflow is developed, possible candidate formulations, processes, or architectures are identified, and a three-step screening methodology performs a systematic narrowing of the R&D solution space. By asking and answering only those questions that are absolutely necessary at each stage of development, we help our customers move rapidly and cost-effectively towards a solution that meets their process or device requirements.
The first phase eliminates candidates through the use of simple, low-cost and relatively easy experiments. High-throughput processing, characterization and data analysis weed out materials and/or processes that do not meet the Phase 1 requirements.
In Phase 2, more-complicated and expensive experiments further screen the candidates. The tertiary screening phase evaluates final candidates to identify the optimum solution.
This approach delivers exceptional competitive advantage by providing a robust, production-worthy solution with significantly reduced development time, costs, and risk.