From materials of knowledge to knowledge of materials
Dr Jacob Gavartin, Schrödinger Inc Cambridge
It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in times of unprecedented revolution in materials development. Novel materials with extraordinary properties offering new and improved products appear almost daily. They also change the very fabric of research and development everywhere from food, pharmacy and textiles to energy generation, spaceships, planes and automobiles. In large part this change is brought about by tremendous achievements in theoretical materials science which became possible with rapid advancements in quantum theory, computer science and computational power. In this lecture I shall discuss the following questions: · What key discoveries drive the computational materials science? · What stimulates rapid expansion of this seemingly very academic discipline to industrial labs? · What are the challenges in science, education and environment that would drive the materials innovation of tomorrow?