9 May 2018

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Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge Industry Meeting

Self-driving Materials Laboratories: The Next Paradigm for Accelerated Discovery

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Mission Innovation meeting co-led by Canada (NRCan), Mexico (SENER) and U.S.A. (DOE), in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and MaRS Discovery District, and in cooperation with the University of Toronto and McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering

About the Meeting

Advanced materials represent about 50% of the manufacturing cost of clean energy. Accelerating the rate of discovery, development and deployment of new, high-performance, low-cost materials is critical to realize the goals of Mission Innovation (MI). MI is a global initiative that aspires to significantly increase public and private investments in R&D in order to accelerate energy innovation and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge of MI has the goal to develop an automated and fully integrated platform that will accelerate materials discovery by a factor of 10x or more. This Materials Acceleration Platform (MAP) will combine high performance computing (HPC) systems, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics with material synthesis, characterization and simulation.

Building on the momentum of two technical workshops and the resulting Expert Workshop Report on Materials Acceleration Platforms (MAPs), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Energy Secretariat of Mexico (SENER) and the United States Department of Energy (US DOE), in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and MaRS Discovery District, and in cooperation with the University of Toronto (UofT) and McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering, invite business and technical executives, directors and managers from leading companies interested in accelerated materials discovery.

The goal of the meeting is to explore opportunities for private sector companies to collaborate in this initiative and work with researchers to develop and deploy this disruptive new approach to materials discovery.

In this one-day, interactive working meeting we will:

  • Hear from preeminent scientists and experts working on MAPs that have the potential to disrupt traditional materials discovery.
  • Draw insights from you, the business leaders, about how to shape this Mission Innovation Challenge so that it is most impactful.
  • Explore potential collaborations and opportunities, such as pre-competitive consortia, to facilitate an efficient and effective development of MAPs.

See background for more details on the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge of Mission innovation..