on the October 7, 2021

MIAI@Grenoble Alpes has the pleasure to announce that within the framework of the Priority Research Programs and Equipment (PEPR) of the 4th Future Investment Program (PIA4), the DIADEM project (DIscovery Acceleration for the Deployment of Emerging Materials), jointly managed by CNRS and CEA has been selected for funding. MIAI@Grenoble Alpes is strongly involved in this project for the strategic use of AI for material design and discovery, particularly via the chair of materials design led by Alexis Deschamps, Massih-Reza Amini and Noel Jakse.

Abstract of the DIADEM project

Materials are at the core of innovation and they strongly determine industrial competitiveness. In the Green Deal context, our industry must include its growth in an ethical model taking into account economic, environmental and societal trends.

An ambitious project paving the way for the acceleration of the design and production of materials that are more efficient, sustainable and which originate from non-critical and non-toxic raw materials would play a central role in the strategic development of the French economy.

Such a program must integrate modelling, numerical simulation, high throughput synthesis/screening and characterization technologies. The goal is to design novel materials for given specifications at a speed unattainable in the usual process of discovery, where breakthroughs are often unpredictable.

The acceleration of novel material design requires the integration of teams/centers of expertise that combine combinatorial synthesis, shaping and high-throughput characterization platforms, coupled with multiscale numerical modelling, data mining and machine learning, with artificial intelligence (AI) at all steps. These platforms will first be dedicated to critical materials and must result in a 2- to 5-fold acceleration of materials discovery from about 20 years to between 4 to 10 years.

Published on October 7, 2021