We have established a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the application of automated and high-throughput techniques for materials discovery and process development.

The Challenge

What RAMP can do

The Rapid Automated Materials and Processing (RAMP) facility has been established to accelerate the development of new advanced materials and processes by matching robotic and automated equipment with the expertise of key scientists in one location.

We have expertise in a number of fields including formulation, nanoparticles, catalysis, biomaterials, chemical synthesis and polymer science. We have the skills and equipment to fast track research through the application of automated materials' synthesis and characterisation.

Our Response

Industry benefits

Accelerating research and development can contribute to significant savings in product design and optimisation, and our RAMP enables the high-throughput discovery of materials for use in various industries.

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Ben Muir: So the Rapid Automated Materials and Processing Centre is a state of the art laboratory which helps fast track chemicals, materials and formulation research. 

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The RAMP Centre is part of the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and we’re open to working with people from all over the globe.  

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Hi, I’m Ben Muir and I manage the RAMP Centre within CSIRO. 

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One of the main benefits of using our laboratory is the fact that we use robotics to automate our research which means that we can do research much faster than is commonly done by traditional means.

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Within Australasia, we’re the only laboratory which has the capability to do all the different types of formulation and chemical reactions and characterisation. So we’re a very unique facility. 

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A great example of research which was conducted within RAMP is a project we had with a company making catalysts and when they did that research we were able to conduct five years worth of research in six months which was absolutely amazing and fantastic for the company to get the outcome so rapidly. 

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So we have a number of robots located within the RAMP Centre. 

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The two biggest robots are called Chemspeed Robots and they have an arm which goes around and picks up different tools and so that arm can do different tasks. 

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It can dispense solids or liquids. 

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It can homogenise, sonify, we can do reactions at high temperature, low temperature and even centrifuge within the robots. 

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We have a catalyst unit called a Flowrence, that’s able to do 48 catalytic reactions in one go and analyse the products which are formed

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and we also have a Dotbot robot so we can spot materials onto surfaces and we can spot thousands and analyse those materials and the effects they have on different parameters. 

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We work with companies that make paints, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, catalysts.  We work with companies doing formulation, recycling.  We work with food companies and even nutraceutical companies.

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The best thing about working with RAMP is working with the scientists and conducting the research and just finding amazing discoveries for our customers. 

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Within the RAMP Centre we’ve got scientists with a range of expertise.  We have scientists with expertise in chemistry and material science.

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We have a statistician who allows us to do design of experiments and we also have scientists with expertise in data analysis and characterisation of materials to really enable the whole work flow when people do experiments in RAMP to be utilised.

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Looking forwards to the future, a big opportunity within RAMP is to help companies with their formulation. 

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We have a lot of expertise within the laboratory to develop new products and use the formulation and characterisation expertise that we have. 

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We really would like to get new industry projects in and we’re really excited about engaging with new companies.  If you’re a business just get in touch with us via the website and we’re more than happy to host you, show you the lab and hopefully discuss some new projects with you.

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RAMP: Rapid Automated Materials and Processing

Through RAMP, research can be fast-tracked through the application of automated materials' synthesis and characterisation workflows. The value we create for our partners is the rapid development and optimisation of new materials. This is facilitated through the development of optimised processing protocols which enable a faster introduction of the materials produced into the marketplace via their rapid optimisation which is rarely possible using standard research and development techniques.

This includes:

  • intelligent experimental design
  • robotic-assisted synthesis platforms
  • high-throughput performance evaluation
  • rapid and automated characterisation
  • data storage and mining (informatics).

A large and diverse class of industrial materials development programs can be enhanced through the use of automated synthesis and characterisation techniques. This includes the use of computational modelling and robotics to speed up the materials discovery and development process.

In partnership with industry the use of rapid automated materials development has enhanced research in several fields:

  • chemical processing (catalysts)
  • mining (high energy release materials)
  • fine chemical manufacturing
  • novel formulation for drug delivery applications
  • new chemical entity discovery (gene therapy and chemotherapy).

Our RAMP centre is accelerating the adoption of smart materials into a broad range of applications using new approaches to provide improved productivity. We offer rapid multi-scale design and optimisation of materials properties which leads to the creation of novel materials. An increased competitive advantage for our partners can be created by developing solutions through better products, processes and services.

CSIRO scientists at work in the RAMP laboratory © Volare Photography

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