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February 5, 2018

Automating materials design

With new approach, researchers specify desired properties of a material, and a computer system generates a structure accordingly.

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office

For decades, materials scientists have taken inspiration from the natural world. They’ll identify a biological material that has some desirable trait — such as the toughness of bones or conch shells — and reverse-engineer it. Then, once they’ve determined the material’s “microstructure,” they’ll try to approximate it in human-made materials.