An open experimental database for exploring inorganic materials

When it comes to experimental materials science, there simply aren’t enough “large and diverse datasets” made publicly available say National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Zakutayev et al. Noting this lack, the researchers built their own High Throughput Experimental Materials (HTEM) database containing 140,000 sample entries and underpinned by a custom laboratory information management system (LIMS). In this 2018 paper, the researchers discuss HTEM, the LIMS, and the how the contained sample data was derived and analyzed. They conclude that HTEM and other databases like them are “expected to play a role in emerging materials virtual laboratories or ‘collaboratories’ and empower the reuse of the high-throughput experimental materials data by researchers that did not generate it.”

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