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Materials Project

The Materials Project is a high-throughput framework developed by MIT and LBNL and subsequently extended by collaborators at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC). This Center, funded by the DOE BES Predictive Theory and Modeling for Materials and Chemical Sciences program, will extend the Materials Project with high-throughput calculations, state-of-the-art electronic structure methods as well as novel data mining algorithms for surface, defect, electronic and finite temperature property predictions -- to yield an unparalleled materials design environment.

Integrated Data Frameworks staff contribute to multiple aspects of the project:

  • Graphic design, web server development, and deployment of the Materials Project website, which has over 8,000 registered users.
  • Design and deployment of the database containing calculated structures
  • Design and development of the Materials Project REST API, used by both the website and pymatgen, a widely-used Python library for materials analysis.
  • Frameworks for building and validating the materials databases
  • Methods for allowing sets of material data to be designated as non-public "sandboxes", yet viewed by authorized users in conjunction with the public data set.

Development of the Materials Project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) and a Laboratory Directed Research and Development grant from LBNL. Disseminated science supported by DOE, NSF, Gillette, Umicore, Bosch and BATT.

About Berkeley Lab

Founded in 1931 on the belief that the biggest scientific challenges are best addressed by teams, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its scientists have been recognized with 16 Nobel Prizes. Today, Berkeley Lab researchers develop sustainable energy and environmental solutions, create useful new materials, advance the frontiers of computing, and probe the mysteries of life, matter, and the universe. Scientists from around the world rely on the Lab’s facilities for their own discovery science. Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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