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Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab Researchers Publish New Study on Thermodynamic Scale of Metastability

research and development RDResearchers at the Energy Department‘s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have released a new study that quantifies the thermodynamic scale of metastability on approximately 30,000 known materials.

LLNL said Friday the scale helps transform the design and creation of next-generation materials to be used for applications such as semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.

“Materials design and development is truly a slow process but is now being greatly accelerated by the fact that we can compute properties of compounds before they are made,” added Gerbrand Ceder, corresponding author of the research paper.

“What we’ve done is large-scale data mining on nearly 30,000 observed materials to explicitly measure the thermodynamic scale of metastability, as a function of a wide variety of parameters, like chemistry and composition, which inorganic chemists and materials scientists can use to build intuition,” said Wenhao Sun, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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