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Brief Published: 25 Jan 2012

Materials Project

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, both in the US, have created an online toolkit to help researchers find materials with specific properties more easily. 

The Materials Project search engine catalogues 18,000 chemical compounds, helping to predict how they react to one another, as well as displaying their molecular structure.

By consolidating the data on one website in real time, researchers, scientists and students are able to perform what was previously several months worth of work in a matter of minutes. Since its launch in late 2011, more than 500 global researchers have used the Material Project to seek new materials for lithium-ion batteries and new lightweight alloys for the automotive and aviation industries.

Materials Project

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