MSE 298 Seminar (Zoom): Polymer Informatics
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Zoom: Meeting ID 928 7114 0676, Passcode 057979
Abstract: The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) has heralded a sea change in the philosophy of materials design. In an increasing number of applications, the successful deployment of novel materials has benefited from the use of computational, experimental and informatics methodologies. Here, we describe the role played by computational and experimental data generation and capture, polymer fingerprinting, machine learning-based property prediction models, algorithms for designing polymers meeting target property requirements, and above all, how prior physics knowledge may be incorporated with polymer informatics workflows. These efforts have culminated in the creation of an online Polymer Informatics platform (https://www.polymergenome.org) to guide ongoing and future polymer discovery and design [1-3]. Challenges that remain will be examined, and systematic steps that may be taken to extend the applicability of such informatics efforts to a wide range of technological domains will be discussed. These include strategies to deal with the data bottleneck, new methods to represent polymer morphology and processing conditions, and the applicability of emerging AI algorithms for materials design.
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Bio: Rampi Ramprasad is presently the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His area of expertise is the development and application of computational and machine learning tools to accelerate materials discovery, as applicable to energy production, storage and utilization. Ramprasad received his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, a master's degree in materials science and engineering at Washington State University, and a doctorate also in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ramprasad is a fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society, an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and the Max Planck Society Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists. He has authored or co-authored over 225 peer-reviewed journal articles, eight book chapters and eight patents and has delivered over 300 invited talks at universities and conferences worldwide. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of npj Computational Materials, ACS Materials Letters and Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C, and he is the chair of the inaugural 2022 Gordon Research Conference on Computational Materials Science and Engineering.