James Saal

Monday, May 2, 2022

Accelerating Materials Discovery, Design, and Development with Materials Informatics

Dr. James Saal, Citrine Informatics

Join us for a virtual technical talk and networking!

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Accelerating the discovery and commercialization of novel materials is necessary for maintaining economic competitiveness and timely addressing many societal issues (e.g., sustainable manufacturing and clean energy). For several decades now, simulations have complemented empirical science for such acceleration, culminating in several successful industrial applications of this approach, termed integrated computational materials engineering (ICME). In 2011, the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) sought to apply this idea at scale across all materials industries, including a third “digital data” pillar. Materials informatics is the practical manifestation of “digital data” methods to materials science problems, including: (1) the collection, generation, and distribution of materials data, (2) the use of that data to train machine learning models for predicting process-structure-property relationships, and (3) the design of experiments using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms based on those models. In this talk, the concepts around materials informatics will be introduced and several case studies demonstrating the value of materials informatics will be discussed..

About the speaker

Dr. James Saal is the Director of External Research Programs at Citrine Informatics, where he manages Citrine’s government-funded research programs, advancing the state-of-the-art in materials informatics with academic, government, and industrial collaborators. Before joining Citrine in 2018, James was Manager of Technology at QuesTek Innovations, leading programs in alloy design and ICME methods development.
Dr. Saal earned his B.S in Materials Science and Engineering from Rice University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010, where he focused on the integration of density functional theory with CALPHAD. He continued postdoctoral study at Northwestern University, developing a high-throughput materials property database and studying Mg- and Co-based alloys. Since then, Dr. Saal has specialized in computational simulation of process-structure-property relationships, ICME design of new materials, and the use of data-driven methods in materials science. His research has included alloys, ceramics, and polymers, and diverse properties such as corrosion, additive manufacturing printability, and thermoelectric performance.
Dr. Saal is the author of over 50 peer-review publications, several patents on designed alloys, and a co-edited book on Computational Materials System Design. He currently serves as a Trustee of ASM International and is the Chair of the TMS ICME Committee.

DATE: Monday, May 2, 2022

6:30 pm Networking Session
7:00 pm Presentation
7:45 pm Q&A

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