(July 2016) The International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference on Electronic Materials 2016 (IUMRS-ICEM 2016) was successfully held in Suntec Convention Center, Singapore, from 4th to 8th July 2016. Almost 1,000 participants attended it from 40 countries. The conference was well planned and consisted of 14 technical symposia covering all the important areas of electronic materials.
Among them is Symposium N, Materials by Theoretical/Computational Design, organized by Prof. Feng Yuan Ping and four other co-chairs, including Gerbrand Ceder of UC Berkeley. The symposium covered important aspects of computational materials science, but had a very strong focus on Materials Genome. World leaders in this new research field such as Gerbrand Ceder, Kristin Persson, Matthias Scheffler, Stefano Curtarolo, Giulia Galli, Nicola Marzari, Gregory Olson, Chris Wolberton, Yibin Xu attended the symposium and delivered plenary, keynote and invited talks, respectively. Materials Genome is expected to accelerate materials designs by the confluence of high-throughput computing, big data, and data analytics. Multiple databases like the Materials Project, MatNavi, OQMD, AFLOW, and Thermo-Calc have been built up but lack connections between them. Besides, completeness of databases, integration of databases, data storage, and high-access rate were among the challenging issues.
Dr. Shen Lei from our group also gave an invited talk entitled “Data Mining and High-Throughput Computational Screening of 2D heterojunctions for Thin-Film Solar Cell Applications”. Other members of our group such as Dr. Martin Callsen, Linghu Jiajun also presented papers in Symposium N and took the opportunity to interact with former members of the group such as Dr. Zhou Miao, Dr. Lu Yun Hao who attended the meeting and presented their recent works. Work from our group was recognized by a Best Poster Award which was given to Luo Yongzheng who presented his recent work on Quantum Spin Hall Effect and Topological Phase Transition in Two-Dimensional Materials with Dirac Cones in Symposium I, Topological Insulators.
Prof. Kristin PWEAAON is introducing the Materials Project for accelerated materials design.
Prof. Matthias SCHEFFLER talking about novel materials discovery based on big-data analytics.
Attentive audiences of the symposium N.
Reported by Sandhya Chintalapati and Yang Tong