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Ada: A Self-Driving Laboratory for Thin Film Materials

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:00
Ben Macleod
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Event Category: 
IDG - Inorganic Discussion Group
Curtis Berlinguette
Chemistry D300

This presentation will focus on our self-driving laboratory for thin film materials discovery and optimization. Discovering high-performance, low-cost materials is an integral component of technology innovation cycles, particularly in the clean energy sector. The linear methodology currently used to develop optimal materials can take decades, which impedes the translation of innovative technologies from conception to market. Our interdisciplinary team is utilizing advanced robotics, machine learning, and computational screening to overcome this challenge. We are closing the feedback loop in thin film materials research by enabling our self-driving robotics platform named “Ada” to design, perform, and learn from its own experiments efficiently and in real time.  As a proof-of-principle set of experiments, we will show how Ada discovers and optimizes hole transport materials for use in advanced solar cells.

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