Article Reviews ICMD Implementation Models


A recent article published on npj Computational Materials, an online, open source affiliate of Nature, reviews the models used to implement ICMD in an attempt to improve the processes and accelerate cybermaterials innovation.

The article, “Cybermaterials: materials by design and accelerated insertion of materials,” was written by Wei Xiong and Gregory B Olson, both from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, and has been made available via open access by Nature Publishing Group (NPG).


Cybermaterials innovation entails an integration of Materials by Design and accelerated insertion of materials (AIM), which transfers studio ideation into industrial manufacturing. By assembling a hierarchical architecture of integrated computational materials design (ICMD) based on materials genomic fundamental databases, the ICMD mechanistic design models accelerate innovation. We here review progress in the development of linkage models of the process-structure–property-performance paradigm, as well as related design accelerating tools. Extending the materials development capability based on phase-level structural control requires more fundamental investment at the level of the Materials Genome, with focus on improving applicable parametric design models and constructing high-quality databases. Future opportunities in materials genomic research serving both Materials by Design and AIM are addressed.

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