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Accelerating Materials Discovery With World’s Largest Database of Elastic Properties

LBL News (Apr 6, 2015)

"Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published the world’s largest set of data on the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds, increasing by an order of magnitude the number of compounds for which such data exists."

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The rechargeable revolution: A better battery

Nature News Feature (Mar 5, 2014)

"Materials scientist Kristin Persson at Lawrence Berkeley is using a supercomputer to simulate the innards of possible new batteries, trying to find a combination of electrodes and electrolytes that will allow magnesium to pass through more easily. “Right now, we are crunching through around 2,000 different electrolytes,” she says."

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How Supercomputers Will Yield a Golden Age of Materials Science

Scientific American (Nov 19, 2013)

"Since 2011 we have been leading a collaboration of researchers that aims to accelerate the computer-driven materials revolution. We call it the Materials Project. The goal is to build free, open-access databases containing the fundamental thermodynamic and electronic properties of all known inorganic compounds."

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Development of New Advanced Materials to Get Boost

LBL News (Jun 2, 2013)

"The Materials Project—an open-access Google-like database for materials research developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—is working with Intermolecular, Inc. to enhance the tool’s modeling capabilities and thus accelerate the speed of new material development by tenfold or more over conventional approaches. New materials are key to addressing challenges in energy, healthcare and national security."

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Can an idea from MIT save US manufacturing?

Boston Globe (May 4, 2013)

"The open-source approach championed by Ceder and now the Materials Genome Initiative is perhaps just as revolutionary as the database itself. Scientific discoveries are sometimes shared in journals, which have costly subscriptions. Data is rarely included in the articles, so if researchers want to build on successful experiments, they must call and ask for the data. Often, Ceder says, the answer is no."

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The Future of Energy: Batteries Included?

The Economist (Feb 2, 2013)

"Dr Ceder runs the Materials Project, which aims to be the “Google of material properties”. It allows researchers to speed up the way they search for things with specific properties. Argonne will use the Materials Project as a reference library in its search for better electrodes, and also hopes to add to it."

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Computational Researchers Help Develop Next-Gen Batteries

Lawrence Berkeley Lab CRD News (Dec 18, 2012)

"The Materials Project’s success in assisting researchers predict the properties of new compounds helped us make a strong case for the Batteries and Energy Storage Hub,” says Persson. “We are extremely grateful for NERSC support because the Materials Project would not have come this far without it."

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Computational screening of materials

The New Factory (July 2012)

"Au sein de la MGI, qui bénéficie de 100 millions de dollars (78 millions d'euros) de financement public, le Materials project, pilotée par le MIT et le Lawrence Berkeley national laboratory (LBNL), mise sur une utilisation intensive de l'informatique pour diviser par deux le temps de développement de matériaux. Un véritable besoin : des premières recherches en laboratoire jusqu'à l'utilisation industrielle, près de vingt ans peuvent s'écouler, comme on a pu l'observer avec les batteries lithium ion."

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Better Batteries through Simulation

Texas Advanced Supercomputing Center (April 18, 2012)

"Ceder is attempting to bring these tools and results to the public. As one of the leads on the DOE-funded Materials Project, he uses high-throughput methods to predict properties that are important to industry for all known materials. "Nobody wants to make a scientific career filling in missing data, but it is enormously useful as people go and design materials," Ceder said. "It's often this basic information that they need.""

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Materials Scientists Look to a Data-Intensive Future

Science News Focus - (March 2012)

"In 2005, Ceder's team launched an effort to compute the performance of would-be battery materials, which at the time they called the Materials Genome Project. (When the Obama Administration adopted the moniker for its own initiative, Ceder's team renamed its endeavor the Materials Project.)"

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How Computer Models Can Lead to Battery Breakthroughs

GigaOm (March 1, 2012)

"Founders of Pellion, MIT Professor Gerbrand Ceder, also helped develop The Materials Genome Project at MIT, which is a program based on using computer modelling and virtual simulations to deliver innovation in materials. The Economistonce described Ceder’s work with The Materials Genome Project as “a short cut” for discovering electrodes and the interactions of inorganic chemical compounds."

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Materials Data for the Masses

C&EN News Online (February 20, 2012)

"The website,, provides users with a number of tools for using the growing databases. For example, it offers users a phase diagram application to search through thermodynamically stable phases of materials and their decomposition pathways. It also gives users access to a reaction calculator for computing enthalpies of thousands of reactions for comparison with experimental results, a lithium-ion-battery explorer for sifting through properties of candidate battery materials, a structure predictor, and other tools."

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Need a new material? New tool can help

MIT News Office (December 2011)

"Using a website called the Materials Project, it’s now possible to explore an ever-growing database of more than 18,000 chemical compounds. The site’s tools can quickly predict how two compounds will react with one another, what that composite’s molecular structure will be, and how stable it would be at different temperatures and pressures."

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Supercomputers Accelerate Development of Advanced Materials

Scientific Computing (November 2011)

"New materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy -- for everything from batteries to photovoltaics to lighter weight vehicles -- but today the development cycle is too slow: around 18 years from conception to commercialization. To speed up this process, a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up to develop a new tool, called the Materials Project, which launches this month."

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NERSC also partnering in ‘Materials Project’ effort

Ceramic Tech Today (November 4, 2011)

"It turns out that the center is serving as the online host for the Materials Project, a role it has taken on as part of its mission to create gateways for various science communities. Here’s a brief description NERSC provides of the gateway concept."

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From Berkeley Lab: “Supercomputers Accelerate Development of Advanced Materials”

Science Springs (November 3, 2011)

"The Materials Project employs an approach to materials science inspired by genomics. But rather than sequencing genomes, researchers are using supercomputers to characterize the properties of inorganic compounds, such as their stability, voltage, capacity, and oxidation state. The results are then organized into a database with a user-friendly, web interface that gives all researchers free and easy access and searching."

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Supercomputers accelerate development of advanced materials

Nanowerk News (November 3, 2011)

"New materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy—for everything from batteries to photovoltaics to lighter weight vehicles—but today the development cycle is too slow: around18 years from conception to commercialization. To speed up this process, a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up to develop a new tool, called the Materials Project, which launches this month."

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First-Of-Its-Kind Search Engine Will Speed Materials Research (November 3, 2011)

"Researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) jointly launched today a groundbreaking new online tool called the Materials Project, which operates like a “Google” of material properties, enabling scientists and engineers from universities, national laboratories and private industry to accelerate the development of new materials, including critical materials."

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Accelerating Advanced Material Development

NERSC News (October 31, 2011)

"President Obama has recognized the importance of advanced materials with his announcement in June of the Materials Genome Initiative “to double the speed with which we discover, develop, and manufacture new materials.” Many of the concepts of that initiative were inspired by the Materials Project, Persson said."

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The Big Picture - Material Good

Improper Bostonian (February 2011)

"New materials beget new technologies, which in turn prompt wonderful things like electric cars, and employment. But new materials don’t appear overnight, and it takes an average of 18 years before a material reaches the market. [...] “We should do better,” says MIT’s Gerbrand Ceder. A professor of materials science and engineering, Ceder, 45, is the father of blazing fast lithium batteries. He now heads up the Materials Genome Project, a group whose modest aim is to reinvent U.S. manufacturing."

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Building a better battery proves Material Genome Project's metal

ASCR Discovery Feature (September 15, 2010)

"Scientists have reported developing nearly 100,000 new inorganic compounds – but have done little to tease out their potentially useful properties. The Materials Genome Project could help fill those information gaps. It has a two-pronged approach: The researchers use computational data to estimate properties, which are compiled in a Web database. And they predict the behavior of materials yet to be synthesized."

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Beyond Fossil Fuels: Finding New Ways to Fill the Tank

The New York Times (August 18, 2010)

"In another M.I.T. lab, Gerbrand Ceder is developing a “materials genome,” using computers to predict the qualities of materials that could be used in batteries, and then fabricating the ones that the computer finds promising. A materials genome would speed the distribution of knowledge about materials and make development of new materials faster, he said, an idea that impresses officials at the Energy Department."

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The end of the petrolhead: Tomorrow's cars may just plug in

The Economist (June 19, 2008)

"The materials genome project obviously has much wider applications than battery electrodes, but that is where Dr Ceder has started. His computer is now chewing its way through the chemical encyclopedia, looking for the likeliest candidates. Watch this space."