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Workshop on Combinatorial Approaches to Functional Materials

May 5-6, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), announced by President Obama in 2011, aims to support U.S. institutions to discover, develop, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at reduced cost. While much progress has been made in foundational computational techniques, materials deployment and commercialization would benefit greatly from the increased support of experimental data. Combinatorial approaches to synthesize, characterize, and catalog material properties provide an important tool toward these aims.

Today, combinatorial methods are firmly established and commercialized in the field of pharmaceutical research and biosciences. However, combinatorial applications for inorganic materials are less mature, although there are vigorous research activities and some commercialization in the academic and industrial communities. The purpose of this Workshop is to assess current challenges in combinatorial methodologies as applied to microelectronic, energy-related, and catalytic materials, and to create a plan to develop the infrastructure required to enable a sustained Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) approach to novel materials.

The Workshop, co-organized by Applied Materials and the University of South Carolina with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), was attended by nearly 90 experts from Industry, Academia, National Labs and the U.S. Government, as well as participants from abroad.

Presentation FilePresenter
Invitation & AgendaCharina Choi (OSTP), Jason Hattrick-Simpers
(Univ. of South Carolina)
Workshop KickoffMartin L. Green, NIST - Technical Program Chair
WelcomeOm Nalamasu, Applied Materials
Synthesis and Metrology of Combinatorial Materials LibrariesIchiro Takeuchi, University of Maryland
Electronic Materials and ApplicationsMartin L. Green, NIST
Energy-Related Materials & ApplicationsJohn Perkins, NREL
Catalytic Materials and ApplicationsBilly Bardin, Dow Chemical
Integration of Theory and ExperimentKristin Persson (LBL)
Commercialization of High Throughput TechnologiesPanel Discussion
Battery Technology
Wildcat Discovery Technologies
Steven Kaye, Wildcat Discovery Technologies
Advanced Memory
Intermolecular High-Productivity Combinatorial R&D Platform – Materials, Interfaces Device
David Lazovsky, Intermolecular
Smart Windows
Kinestral Builds on 25 Years of Innovation
Howard Turner, Kinestral Technologies
Electronic Materials
Ilika Science-led Materials Discovery
Brian Hayden, Ilika Technologies
White Paper Summary: Fulfilling the Promise of the Materials Genome Initiative via High-Throughput Experimentation 

Contact Information

Dr. Charina L. Choi
White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy

Dr. Martin L. Green 
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Prof. Jason R. Hattrick-Simpers
University of South Carolina  

Dr. Ajey M. Joshi
Applied Materials, Inc.