1) The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) turns two years old Monday, and the White House marked the anniversary with the announcement of more than 20 new initiatives as the MGI heads into its third year.
Listed among the initiatives are Harvard University and IBM’s collaboration and release of Molecular Space, a free database of 2.3 million compounds that could be used in solar energy generation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology also announced a new massive open online course (MOOC) that will focus on, according to the White House, “innovation and commercialization with new materials.” MIT is also collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Intermolecular Inc. to make new software tools from LBNL available to new users.
The University of Wisconsin and the Georgia Institute of Technology are making an investment of roughly $15 million to create new materials innovation institutes, joining with the University of Michigan to start an “innovation accelerator network.” Meanwhile, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the federal agency responsible for implementing industry technology and measurement standards, will form the Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials, committing, $25 million to the project over five years. (The White House / IBM) Read more.