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Inverse Design Approach

This page describes the inverse materials design methodology used by the Center for Inverse Design, which integrates and combines the following: (1) theory, or prediction, (2) synthesis, or realization, and (3) characterization, or validation. The result of this approach is an acceleration—by orders of magnitude—in developing new materials for solar energy technologies. The figure illustrates the research approach, outlined under the three primary steps.

Flow diagram that shows the following: Top two boxes for first step, second two boxes for second step, and last box as third step. Several other smaller boxes indicate substeps. Arrows indicate the direction of movement from among the steps.

Illustration showing the flow of the three-part research approach used by the Center for Inverse Design

blue Step 1: Design Principles

yellow Step 2: High-Throughput Screening

green Step 3: Targeted Synthesis and Characterization

Interdependencies Among the Center's Components

The Center has five activity components: (1) Inverse Band Structure Design, (2) Targeted Synthesis, (3) High-Throughput Discovery, (4) Detailed Characterization, and (5) Specialized Theory. The following descriptions and schematic highlight the interdependencies among these components.

Diagram that shows four boxes surrounding a central oval-shaped box. The boxes are connected with double-headed arrows to indicate the interconnectedness of the activities represented by the boxes.

Schematic illustrating the interdependencies among the five main components within the Center for Inverse Design. Key to partners: NREL=National Renewable Energy Laboratory, OSU=Oregon State University, NU=Northwestern University, SLAC=Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, CU=University of Colorado at Boulder.