Capitalizing on computation for materials science

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by in Academic Departments, Issues, Magazine, Materials Science and Engineering, Research

Drawing on scripting languages that are used in applications ranging from video game development to enhancing functionality on a web page, a team of UW-Madison researchers is developing tools that automate and accelerate research for materials design.

Led by Dane Morgan, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, from the National Science Foundation to fund its efforts.

The grant will help the team create novel tools for high-throughput first-principles—or fundamental—material modeling. First-principles methods, which over the past decade have become increasingly more stable and robust, solve the fundamental quantum mechanical equations of matter to accurately calculate the properties of a given material so that a researcher doesn’t need to physically measure that material.


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