Integrated Materials Design (IMaD) is a Spoke project of the Midwest Big Data Hub, an NSF Big Data Hub
Materials innovation is a pipeline, deriving from a deep understanding and control of material behavior and properties, leading to advanced materials design that drives economic prosperity, addresses national and regional energy needs, and bolsters national security. Improving this pipeline requires connecting efforts from a variety of independent national and regional materials design efforts to: consolidate diverse materials data expertise, simplify data access, coalesce on topics of data description and interoperability, enhance and ensure the quality of datasets, and deploy modern scalable data services to support materials researchers by leveraging and synthesizing existing tools to form a cohesive materials data infrastructure.
Connect academic and industrial data services, researchers, and efforts across the materials data ecosystem.
Provide researchers with simplified access to materials datasets to speed material discovery and transition to industrial application.
Disseminate Midwest materials data resources, articles, and videos to the public and academic community to increase awareness of materials data assets, capabilities, and services.
University of Chicago Postdoc Logan Ward explains what the Materials Data Facility is, which is part of of the Midwest Big Data Spoke on Integrative Materials Design, or IMaD.
Northwestern Professor Juande Pablo and UW Madison Professor Dane Morgan discuss how access to large datasets is transforming materials science.
Duke University Professor Catherine Brinson and William Harris of Carl Zeiss Microscopy discuss how the Materials Genome Initiative is making data from specialized microscopes available to materials researchers.
Two research leaders in accelerated materials design sit down and discuss future challenges and opportunities for the field. They speak to how the Materials Genome Initiative methodology brought Gorilla Glass to the assembly line much faster than the average timescale for a newly discovered material—10-20 years.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation as part of the Midwest Big Data Hub under NSF Award Number: 1636950 "BD Spokes: SPOKE: MIDWEST: Collaborative: Integrative Materials Design (IMaD): Leverage, Innovate, and Disseminate".