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News and Success stories by NOMAD CoE members

The data revolution in materials science is underway: why you should make your data FAIR and AI-ready 

Why is a FAIR and AI-ready data infrastructure critical to the success of tomorrow's materials science? How can we prepare for this challenge? In an perspectives article just accepted in Nature, Scheffler and his colleagues describe what needs to be done to accelerate the significant change in the scientific culture of data management.
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Turning Greenhouse Gases into Useful Chemicals an Fuels

CO2 is a critical pollutant of the atmosphere with noticeable climatic consequences. However, routes already exist to convert CO2 into useful chemicals or fuels. The key is catalysis – a process of accelerating desired chemical reactions, involving special materials (catalysts).

Using recently developed AI methods, NOMAD researchers have identified the materials genes important for CO2 activation and rules for finding improved or novel catalyst materials.
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8 Mio Euro Grant for NOMAD PI Kristian Thygesen and collaborators from Novo Nordisk Foundation starting in January 2022

Kristian Thygesen (WPs 4, 5 & 9), is part of a team at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) that has just received an 8 million EURO (60 million DKK) grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The BIO-MAG project focuses on developing new materials for highly sensitive magnetic field sensors for neuroimaging. Kristian leads the theoretical activities of the project, which is funded over six years starting January 2022.
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New Website for the NOMAD AI-Toolkit

The web service of the NOMAD Artificial-Intelligence (AI) Toolkit has been upgraded in its functionality and its look-and-feel. Here users can interactively learn state-of-the-art AI methods, applied to materials-science questions. They can reproduce published results, and they can modify Jupyter notebooks towards their own research.
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Plenary talk of Matthias Schefffler at the 9th International Symposium on Surface Science (ISSS9) ~Toward Sustainable Development~

Matthias Scheffler (NOMAD CoE coordinator) gave a plenary talk titled "Artificial Intelligence for Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis: Learning Rules and Creating Maps of Materials Properties" at the ISSS9 virtual conference (Nov. 28 - Dec. 01, 2021). The meeting was organized by the Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS) and highlights recent achievements in surface science and its related fields. ISSS9 was originally planned as a face-to-face conference but had to be changed to an online format due to the pandemic.


A tailored AI Approach for Heterogeneous Catalysis developed by NOMAD CoE researchers

NOMAD CoE researchers Lucas Foppa, Luca M. Ghiringhelli, Matthias Scheffler and other colleagues have developed a customized artificial intelligence approach for modeling of heterogeneous catalysis. This method takes into account the key physicochemical parameters that are correlated with catalytic performance to accelerate the discovery of improved or novel materials. The study was published in the prestigious high-ranking journal MRS Bulletin in November 2021.
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04/19/2021: NOMAD PI Kristian Sommer Thygesen appointed as Villum Investigator

The Danish VILLUM Foundation has appointed NOMAD PI Kristian Sommer Thygesen as Villum Investigator with a grant of 30 Mio DDK (4 Mio Euro) for the project “Data-Driven Discovery of Functionalized 2D Materials”.

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