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Read about the impacts of NREL's innovations in computational science.

Building The World's Largest Experimental Materials Database

2018

Challenge

In working on new thin-film materials for energy applications, scientists synthesize many samples of data, but only a fraction of what they learn along the way is ever published.

Achievement

NREL data scientists and architects consolidated these data—more than 140,000 sample entries—into one extensive experimental materials database, organizing a decade’s worth of research into the largest such database in the world.

Impact

This database can significantly accelerate research related to or involving thin-film materials, providing tremendous opportunity for data-driven research and knowledge discovery. Collaborations with commercial partners (e.g., Citrine, Apple, and Google) and other research organizations (e.g., NIST, SLAC, Argonne, and Colorado School of Mines) promise to continue to expand the breadth and depth of this key materials data resource.

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