2013 NSF DMR MGI Workshop: The Materials Genome Initiative in
Ceramics, Geosciences, and Solid-State Chemistry
Supported by the National Science Foundation through:
NSF DMR 1216415 (Ceramics) and NSF DMR 1115294 (SSMC)
Date and Venue: Thursday February 21 and Friday February 22, 2013, at the Holiday Inn, Ballston-Arlington, VA
Alex Navrotsky, UC Davis
Greg Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon
Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara
Pat Woodward, Ohio State
This NSF-sponsored workshop will discuss aspects of research and education
related to the Materials Genome Initiative,
as applicable to the areas of ceramics and solid state and materials chemistry.
This workshop is an outgrowth of two prior "future directions" workshops organized
in the recent past by Greg Rohrer (supported by NSF-DMR Ceramics) and by
Ram Seshadri (supported by NSF-DMR Solid State and Materials Chemistry) to discuss
what the future holds in these respective areas.
Website of the 2011 SSMC Workshop
("Materials by Design") held at UCSB, March 2011, and the
MRS Bulletin article that
Website of the 2012 Ceramics Workshop
held March 2012 at the Westin Arlington Gateway, and the
J. Am. Ceram. Soc. article that resulted.
Hotel and Venue
The Holiday Inn, Ballston, Arlington, VA (at the Glebe/Fairfax room).
1. How can ceramists, geoscientists, materials theorists, and solid-state
chemists better communicate amongst each other to advance the general area
of new materials discovery.
2. How can high throughput synthesis and experiments, data mining, and
ideas drawn from the emerging field of "big data" help accelerate materials
Some questions to be considered
1. What are the simulation techniques most relevant to guiding
experimental work? What is missing?
2. What computationally accessible materials properties would guide the search
for new materials?
3. What are the synthesis/characterization advances that — in the next
few years — are likely hasten new materials discovery?
4. What missing experimental measurements are retarding the ability to
refine/improve theoretical models.
5. What gaps exist between quantities that can be computed and those that
can be measured?
6. To what extent can the results of computation be bridge from/to
longer/shorter length scales.
7. What can ceramists and solid-state chemists learn from the geosciences,
and how can communication be enhanced?
8. How can experimental and computational data be better archived so that
it is easily searchable?
Regarding education and curricula
1. What are mechanisms to bring MGI into the undergraduate and graduate
2. Can MGI be brought into the curriculum through one or more dedicated
3. Can MGI principles be seamlessly interwoven throughout a
4. What is the scope for increasing the exposure of Materials Science
undergraduates and graduates to the Earth Sciences and vice-versa?
Program, with titles of talks
The workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation
Materials Research Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 893 2637