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, the group of 22 countries plus the EU committed to working together on the science of renewable energy, while also increasing sustainable economic growth.

The Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge of Mission Innovation has the goal to develop an automated and fully integrated platform that will accelerate materials discovery by a factor of 10x or more. To reach this goal, the platform 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 from leading companies interested in advancing materials discovery and development.

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 who are working on self-driving materials platforms 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 focuses on the right priorities.
  • Explore potential collaborations and partnership models and opportunities, such as pre-competitive consortia, to facilitate an efficient and effective development of accelerated materials platforms.

This meeting is part of the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge and the global initiative Mission Innovation. See background for more details.