Data mining Abstract
Nature Materials 5, 641 - 646 (2006)
Subject Categories: Metals and alloys | Characterisation and analytical techniques | Computation, modelling and theory
Christopher C. Fischer, Kevin J. Tibbetts, Dane Morgan and Gerbrand Ceder
Modern methods of quantum mechanics have proved to be effective tools to understand and even predict materials properties. An essential element of the materials design process, relevant to both new materials and the optimization of existing ones, is knowing which crystal structures will form in an alloy system. Crystal structure can only be predicted effectively with quantum mechanics if an algorithm to direct the search through the large space of possible structures is found. We present a new approach to the prediction of structure that rigorously mines correlations embodied within experimental data and uses them to direct quantum mechanical techniques efficiently towards the stable crystal structure of materials.