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Discovering Materials Using AI

Discovering Materials Using AI

Citrine Informatics is changing the culture around making new materials by integrating AI into the materials design process to drastically cut development time.

Many standard research environments are burdened by information silos, primarily due to the lack of infrastructure to support chemical data storage and distribution. Each researcher collects and processes data on their designated area of focus and extrapolates big-picture takeaways to present to the team. However, as projects change and organizations grow, both takeaways and subtle, unnoticed trends in the data are lost – buried in personal computers, laying hidden in thousands of unstandardized file types. Organizations may house treasure troves of materials data, without having the resources to use them!

The Citrine platform upends these information silos by offering a centralized system to organize structural, processing, properties, performance, and formulation data – in a format that is both standardized and easily interpretable. Once in the system, data categories can be connected with Citrine’s modular AI units to represent known relationships between properties, and as more data flows through the pipeline, the algorithm becomes more precise in its derivation of the quantitative relationships between materials properties.

Citrine Informatics was founded in 2013 by Greg Mulholland and Bryce Meredig with the goal of creating a “materials data ecosystem that accelerates breakthroughs in development and manufacturing, enabling a more efficient, sustainable world.” Greg holds his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015, and he was the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer of 2017. His co-founder Bryce Meredig earned his PhD at Northwestern University, where he focused on developing pipelines for the computational discovery, optimization, and characterization of materials. While at Northwestern, Bryce was awarded the Northwestern Presidential Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

The technology incepted by Greg and Bryce is already becoming an integral tool in the materials development process at Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, NIST, and HRL. As Dr. Hunter Martin of HRL Labs noted in his comment to Wired Magazine, “What would’ve taken years, Citrine narrowed it down to days.”