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Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant


A three-dimensional graphene melt composed of nanosheets, which characteristically exhibits a glass-transition behaviour analogous to ordinary polymers. Image by University of Chicago.
28 Jan 2019 Argonne - After spending the past five years solidifying Chicago as a hub for high-tech materials innovation, the second phase of the Chicago-based Center for Hierarchical Materials Design has been selected for funding. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) granted the multi-institutional, Chicago-based centre an additional $25 million over the next five years.

CHiMaD is hosted by Northwestern University, with additional partners that include the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, QuesTek Innovations and ASM Materials Education Foundation. NIST is also a major collaborator with more than 50 investigators involved in CHiMaD research.

CHiMaD's mission is to develop a new generation of computational tools, databases and experimental techniques that will enable the design of novel materials to address major societal challenges. The centre is also transferring these tools and techniques to industry as well as training the next generation of materials innovators.

"CHiMaD brings together the intellectual heft of two major universities in the area of materials design innovation - a national laboratory with deep expertise in materials and advanced computing, a start-up company at the forefront of computational materials design, and the processing, characterization and development prowess of NIST", stated Juan de Pablo, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and the Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, who is one of the centre's three co-directors.

In his pioneering research work at University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering, Juan de Pablo helps develop many of the advanced computational algorithms and methods that are used to simulate the behaviour of materials - from molecular to macroscopic length scales. He considers CHiMad a one-of-a-kind centre.

"By forming meaningful partnerships with leading companies that rely on fast design cycles to bring products to market at an accelerated pace, CHiMaD has established itself as a national and international thought centre for materials innovation at the forefront of technology", he added. ​"The next phase of CHiMaD promises to result in exciting new discoveries that will rapidly find their way in to products."

CHiMaD works to advance the national Materials Genome Initiative, which aims to accelerate the pace of new materials discovery by combining theoretical, computational and experimental science.

"CHiMaD's central goal is to realize the promise of the Materials Genome Initiative", stated Peter Voorhees, the Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and a centre co-director. ​"We are designing new materials, ranging from polymers for nano-electronics to high-temperature metal alloys, with the aim to facilitate a faster industrial design cycle of these materials while lowering manufacturing costs. We will also continue to enhance one of the world's largest public domain collections of materials data that is at the core of our materials design effort."

"Building on the Materials Genome infrastructure established in our first five years, we look forward to demonstrating a general methodology of computational materials design by applying our fundamental databases to the creation of novel, high performance materials for applications ranging from electronics to space travel", stated Gregory B. Olson, the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern, a centre co-director.

Designing materials employs physical theory, advanced computer models, vast materials properties databases and complex computations to accelerate the design of a new material with specific properties for a particular application. Since it launched in 2013, nearly 300 CHiMaD and NIST investigators have developed new materials for batteries, electronics, inks for 3D printing, structures to withstand extreme environments and more.

CHiMaD specifically focuses on the creation of novel ​"hierarchical materials", which exploit distinct structural details at various scales - from the atomic on up - to achieve special, enhanced properties. An example in nature of a hierarchical material is bone, a composite of mineral and protein at the molecular level assembled into microscopic fibrils that in turn are assembled into hollow fibers and on up to the highly complex material that is ​"bone".

Techniques for designing materials have the potential to revolutionize the development of new advanced materials, which in turn have created whole industries. It's estimated that the average time from laboratory discovery of a new material to its first commercial use can take up to 20 years; the Materials Genome Initiative aims to halve that.
Source: Argonne National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...