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Research Thrusts and Subtasks

The Center for Inverse Design creates an unprecedented coupling of theory and experiment to realize the thesis that inverse design can revolutionize the way materials science will be done in the future. Inverse design entails the theory-driven search of materials with given functionality, and discovery of hitherto unreported materials with relevant functionality.

We have three thrusts, with six subtasks, that map directly into the overall Center objectives. (Principal Investigators are shown in parenthesis for each subtask.)

Common to all three design modalities is the need to search among a large number of possible structures or configurations, guided by theoretical understanding, focused on obtaining a target property / functionality. The methodology can be applied to a wide variety of functionalities, but initially is focused on solar energy conversion and (inorganic) semiconductors. Specific functionalities are transparent contacts and improved photovoltaic absorbers. We anticipate that the general Inverse Design methodology can be applied to finding materials and configurations with other functionalities as well—including water splitting, piezoelectrics, topological insulators, and thermoelectrics.