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Drexel iSchool joins $15 million NSF materials science research effort

5 Oct 2021 16:48 | iSchools News (Administrator)

Drexel University’s Metadata Research Center in the College of Computing & Informatics (iSchool) is one of 10 research partners that will be part of a new $15 million National Science Foundation effort to harness the power of data science and artificial intelligence to guide materials science research. 

The last two decades have seen an acceleration of research into new materials with exceptional capabilities. From graphene, to carbon nanotubes, to Drexel’s own contribution, MXenes, scientists are discovering new ways to create chemically stable materials that perform exceptionally well at functions like storing energy, filtering water and air and transmitting radio waves. But with seemingly endless promise, comes the challenge of narrowing down the true paths toward progress. 

Called the Institute for Data-Driven Dynamical Research (ID4), this NSF effort will bring together the experimentally validated best approaches and tools to design and study these materials and structures. In addition to Drexel, the institute brings together data scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists and material scientists from Northeastern University; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Northwestern University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Central Florida; Harvard University; Princeton University; Washington University in St. Louis; Tufts University; and industry partner Kebotix, Inc. 

“The volume of data generated ever day by materials science researchers offers unprecedented opportunity for new discoveries and shared approaches, but the data is too massive to tackle alone,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, Alice B. Kroeger Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics and director of Drexel’s Metadata Research Center (MRC). “The collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that this institute is taking represents a paradigm shift from traditional materials research efforts.”

Read more on the Drexel iSchool website.     

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