MSE Seminar: “Polymer Informatics: Current Status & Critical Next Steps”
October 22 at 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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, and algorithms for designing polymers meeting target property requirements. 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.
Rampi Ramprasad, Georgia Tech
Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability
Prof. Ramprasad is presently the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the School of Materials Science & 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. Prof. Ramprasad received his B. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, an M.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering at the Washington State University, and a Ph.D. degree also in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Prof. Ramprasad is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and the Max Planck Society Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists. He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 8 book chapters and 8 patents, and has delivered over 250 invited talks at Universities and Conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Materials Letters, and is the Vice-Chair of the inaugural 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Computational Materials Science and Engineering.