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Computational materials research may sound scary, but it really isn’t. We are here to help!
To adress some questions we get asked a lot, we compiled some FAQ below.

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Computational materials development (or materials design) uses a data-driven approach to select materials based on their properties. Instead of running hundreds of experiments in the lab, we can nowadays just run them in the computer. This proven method is much more efficient than traditional materials development, which is often at least in parts based on trial and error.
Despite the great opportunities of computational materials science, any calculations are only as good as the models used to run them. Therefore, computational materials development cannot replace experiments and expert knowledge, but supplements them.
Ideally, every materials research project should start with computational materials research to narrow down the choice of materials, and then focus on further investigating the remaining materials through experimental methods.
Interpreting computational data correctly and knowing what to do with it is at least as important as the science behind the calculations. This is where ExoMatter can help.

We are a team of materials scientists with a passion for data and creating value from it. ExoMatter is not a company yet but a spin-off project at the German Aerospace Center with the goal of launching an independent company in 2022. Any collaboration before the start of this company (pilot projects, workshops, …) is done at and through the German Aerospace Center (DLR). This website is privately owned by Dr. Josua Vieten, one of the future founders of this company.

Our data is compiled from publicly available sources and then processed by ExoMatter to reveal a complete picture, including physical and chemical data as well as data on costs and sustainability. For obvious reasons, we cannot disclose our methods to the public, and they are also constantly evolving. A lot of our data is from our friends at Materials Project. All sources are listed in the dashboards we provide to our customers to facilitate citations for scientific publications.

In our current scope, a material is any chemically pure substance which is intended to be used for a specific application. Our strong suit are inorganic solids, especially ceramic oxides, semiconductors, and other crystalline compounds. As of now, we do not work on material mixtures or composite materials.
If you are interested in such materials, stay tuned for what we have in store in the future. We are aware that composite materials are highly relevant for industrial applications, but we prefer doing things right over doing them fast.

As of now, we purely focus on inorganic materials. The chemistry of molecules (in organic chemistry) and crystalline solids (in inorganic chemistry) is fundamentally different. If there is sufficient demand in this direction, we are planning to include organic materials in our portfolio in the future. Stay tuned so you don’t miss any announcements!

No, at least not yet. We currently focus on data mining and aggregation, and translating between the world of science and business needs of industry professionals. Calculating new materials requires additional infrastructure, software, and effort to ensure the integrity of this new data with our existing data. We are considering to collaborate on this topic with external companies who could provide such services for our customer projects. If you can help, feel free to contact us.

Some of the data we use is based on Machine Learning, and we are constantly improving our product to make it even smarter. Not everything we do is AI, but it plays an important role to fill data gaps.

Yes! We will most likely launch a special offering to support academic research projects, please sign up to keep in touch about the latest news.

ExoMatter is not an independent company yet but we are extending our project team at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and we are looking for brilliant minds with a passion for entrepreneurship. Check out our postings here.

Yes, we are currently looking for seed funding to fuel further development of our materials research platform. Please reach out to us if you would like to hear more.