11-14 September 2017

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Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge Workshop

Mexico City

A Mission Innovation workshop led by Mexico and the United States, in partnership with CIFAR

About the Workshop

The Energy Materials Innovation Workshop will bring together experts from around the world to identify critical research and development (R&D) priorities and gaps in clean energy materials innovation processes and explore opportunities for deeper collaboration.

The invitation-only workshop will convene more than 50 preeminent scientists and experts in advanced theoretical and applied physical chemistry/materials sciences, advanced computing, machine learning, and robotics. Attendees will engage in technical discussions on the state of the field, pre-competitive R&D opportunities, and promising R&D directions. The workshop will include brief plenary presentations and will emphasize small breakout group discussions on high-impact areas.

Traditional cycles of discovery require a tremendous level of effort, taking several years to take each newly discovered molecule through simulation, synthesis and testing, and synthetic procedures. To accelerate this process, this workshop will identify and explore opportunities for combining high-throughput synthesis, high-throughput calculation, and high throughput characterization and apply it to materials discovery. The overarching goal is to combine individual research pathways into an integrated materials innovation approach or “platform.” The focus of this workshop is on platform discovery (not focused on specific materials) for:

  • Nanomaterials and composites
  • Inorganic functional materials
  • Organic functional materials

It will not cover processes for structural materials.

Specifically, the workshop will accomplish the following:

  • Reveal and understand the tools and platforms being used for materials discovery worldwide
  • Identify critical R&D priorities and gaps in each part of the innovation chain for energy materials:
    • Discovery, including theory and computational modeling
    • Synthesis
    • Performance assessment
    • Data analysis
    • Process design and scale-up
  • Identify high-impact investment opportunities for R&D and technology development in materials innovation worldwide
  • Promote capacity building
  • Share information and uncover opportunities for cross-country and multi-partner collaboration and joint research

This expert workshop is part the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge and a global initiative called Mission Innovation. See background for more details.

This Mission Innovation workshop is co-led by the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) in partnership with Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).


The results and conclusions of this expert workshop will be published in a detailed report that will be distributed to the 23 Mission Innovation (MI) members’ and research institutions worldwide. The report will provide input to inform Mission Innovation countries’ decisions regarding research investments, tenders, and priorities in energy materials innovation.

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