Artificial Intelligence tool speeds up the discovery of novel materials for electric cars

Sep 23, 2021 | Shaoni Ghosh

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Artificial Intelligence, with its revolutionary technology has debunked the probabilities revolving around 'what-ifs' and evidently showcased the vastness through its numerous technological advancements. It has paved the way for a 21st century to move towards a better future. 


From robotics to an exploration of outer space, it has transcended the uncertainties of the modern world.

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Accelerating the Discovery


The Liverpool University researchers have developed a collaborative AI platform that lowers the time and effort necessary to find really novel materials.


The new technique has already resulted in the identification of four novel compounds, including a new family of solid-state materials that conduct lithium, as reported in the journal Nature Communications. 


Solid electrolytes like this will be crucial in the development of solid-state batteries that would provide electric vehicles more range and safety. More materials with promising attributes are being developed.


The tool is set to select uncharted chemical territory where novel functional materials are most likely to be discovered.


There is an unlimited range of potential materials accessible by mixing all elements in the periodic table, and it is unknown where new materials exist, thus discovering new useful materials is a high-risk, complicated, and frequently protracted trip.

To solve this problem, a team led by Prof. Matt Rosseinsky from the Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory of Liverpool University created a new AI tool.


The tool explores the link between well-known materials on a scale that humans can't match. These correlations are used to find and rank combinations of components that are likely to produce new materials.


Scientists utilize the rankings to direct their study of the vast unknown chemical space in a focused manner, resulting in considerably more efficient experimental investigation. The ultimate judgments are made by those scientists who are guided by the AI's unique perspective.


Novel tools, like the one created here that blends AI with human intelligence to obtain the best of both worlds, are needed to minimize the time and effort required to find really new materials and combine computers' capacity to analyze connections between hundreds of thousands of known items.

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These novel materials serve society by enabling new technologies to address global issues, as well as revealing new scientific phenomena and knowledge. 


According to SciTechDaily, the materials in lithium-ion batteries, developed in the 1980s, are responsible for all modern portable electronics, demonstrating how a single materials class can transform how we live: defining accelerated routes to new materials will open up previously unimaginable technological possibilities for our future.


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Faraday Institution all contributed to the study.

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