High-­throughput Materials Discovery through Materials Genomics

Discovering better materials is essential for tackling the enormous challenges in developing new renewable energy sources.  The experimental variables that must be considered to optimize a given property are too many and their relationships are too complex to allow anything but incremental improvements to be made.  So how do we think "outside the box" to find entirely new materials?  As part of the larger effort known as the "Materials Genome Initiative," approaches based on data-mining and materials informatics techniques can help screen new compounds with desired properties and features, at greatly accelerated rates, and provide insights into the design principles required to engineer improved materials.  These tools will be used, in particular, to find better photovoltaics and catalysts for solar fuels.