Materials Genome

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The name Materials Genome was coined in December 2002 by Dr. Zi-Kui Liu who incorporated the company "MaterialsGenome, Inc." in Pennsylvania, USA,[1] and filed the trademark protection on March 5, 2004 (78512752). The Certificate of Registration (Reg. No. 4,224,035) was issued by the Patent and Trademark office on October 16, 2012.


In 2005, Dr. Zi-Kui Liu and Dr. Pierre Villars jointly crafted a proposal on "Materials Genome Foundation" when they met in Switzerland. In January 2006, they presented the proposal to a panel organized by ASM International.

In 2008, United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP) supported by Department of Energy funded a smaller version of the concept of "Materials Genome Foundation", which resulted in the development of the software package ESPEI.

In June 2011, the name "Materials Genome" was used in the White House "Materials Genome Initiative" [2][3] in consent with MaterialsGenome, Inc.

In 2014, Dr. Liu published an article to reflect "Perspective on Materials Genome" in English,[4] and in Chinese [5]

In early 2015, Chenxi Qian, Dr. Todd Siler and Dr. Geoffrey A. Ozin jointly published a paper in Small, discussing about the possibilities and limitations of a Nanomaterials Genome, expanding concept of the Materials Genome by incorporating the important parameters of nanometerials such as size and shape information into the roadmap.[6]

In May 2016, a group scientist led by Sorelle A. Friedler, Joshua Schrier and Alexander J. Norquist claimed the first machine-learning-assisted materials discovery, as an example of human's early attempts to design and materials via data-driven approaches proposed by the Materials Genome Initiative.[7]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
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  4. ^ Liu, Zi-Kui (2014). "Perspective on Materials Genome®". Chin. Sci. Bull. 59 (15): 1619–1623. Bibcode:2014ChSBu..59.1619L. doi:10.1007/s11434-013-0072-x.
  5. ^ Liu, Zi-Kui (2013). "Perspective on Materials Genome®". Chin. Sci. Bull. 58: 3618–3622.
  6. ^ Qian, Chenxi; Siler, Todd; Ozin, Geoffrey A. (2015-01-01). "Exploring the Possibilities and Limitations of a Nanomaterials Genome". Small. 11 (1): 64–69. doi:10.1002/smll.201402197. ISSN 1613-6829.
  7. ^ Raccuglia, Paul; Elbert, Katherine C.; Adler, Philip D. F.; Falk, Casey; Wenny, Malia B.; Mollo, Aurelio; Zeller, Matthias; Friedler, Sorelle A.; Schrier, Joshua. "Machine-learning-assisted materials discovery using failed experiments". Nature. 533 (7601): 73–76. Bibcode:2016Natur.533...73R. doi:10.1038/nature17439. PMID 27147027.