AI tool developed to shorten the time needed to discovery new materials

University of Liverpool researchers have managed to create an artificial intelligence tool through collaboration that allows reduced time requirement to discover unknown materials.
By: HyperCharge Technology
RAMAT GAN, Israel - Oct. 12, 2021 - PRLog -- This was reported in Nature Communications, where they've discussed that the tool managed to discover 4 new materials that includes a new set of solid-state materials that are able to conduct lithium.

This discovery of solid electrolytes allows possibilities of developing an improved version of solid-state batteries that would offer increased safety and longer range for electric vehicles. Other newly discovered materials are under development and also offer promising prospects.

Discovering new materials that are functional had always been high-risk, complex and time consuming as combining elements on the periodic table would not always yield results, and it is unknown where new sets of materials will exist. The tool uses human knowledge to priorities the area that is unexplored, increasing the change of creating functional materials.

The new AI tool was created and developed by a group of researchers from University of Liverpool's Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory. It was led by Professor Rosseinsky to address the concern about the length of time requirement for each discovery.

What the tool does is to examine the existing relationship between materials that are already known, scaling it to a level that cannot be achieve by humans. Then the information will be used to identify and rank the combinations of elements that has a high possibility of successfully merging and creating a new usable material. This allows the scientists to have a linear direction in their exploration, making the experiments and discovery more efficient than before.

When asked the purpose of this research, the lead researcher Professor Matt Rosseinsky said that global challenges exist to fuel the need of new materials. The development of the tool allows the possibility of new solutions that have never existed before, tackling global challenges in a new perspective and allowing easier solutions.

The materials available transforms human lifestyle, just like how lithium ion batteries were developed in 1980s, and the products that were created that revolved around it.

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