Hacking Materials
Research Group

computational materials science at berkeley lab

About Us

Led by Dr. Anubhav Jain and located in Berkeley, California (just outside of San Francisco), the Hacking Materials group at LBNL leverages advances in theoretical materials science, supercomputing, and informatics to understand and design new materials for renewable energy applications. We work closely with experimental groups to bring materials from the computer to the laboratory and have a track record of success in the design of Li ion battery electrode materials and bulk thermoelectrics.

Publications

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RESEARCH

Computational design of functional materials

We specialize in using computational techniques (particularly density functional theory) towards the discovery and design of new materials for renewable energy applications. We have previously applied computation and theory to develop experimentally-validated battery materials, carbon capture materials, and thermoelectric materials.

High-throughput computing and informatics

We use large supercomputing resources to generate very large theoretical data sets on materials using "high-thoughput" computing. These data sets, which are difficult or impossible to obtain by traditional means, help us understand trade-offs and construct design rules for developing new chemical compounds through the application of data mining and statistical learning techniques.

Open data and software

We build state-of-the-art software tools to transform the way that research is done and share these tools openly with the research community. Major projects include our collaborative efforts in building the Materials Project database and our lead effort on the FireWorks software for scientific workflows and the MatMethods software for materials science calculation recipes.

Team

Anubhav Jain

Group Lead

Saurabh Bajaj

Postdoctoral Associate
Materials data mining

Alireza Faghaninia

Postdoctoral Associate
Thermoelectrics discovery

Alexander Dunn

Undergraduate Researcher
Inverse optimization

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