15-16 March 2018

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Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge Workshop II

Structural Materials and 3D Printing

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

A Mission Innovation workshop co-led by Canada (NRCan), Mexico (SENER) and U.S.A. (DOE), in partnership with McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

About the Workshop

The Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge Workshop II 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 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 material 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 for:

  • Bulk structural, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
  • 3D printed metals (polymers)
  • Cement/concrete

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 collaboration 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 of 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 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).


The results and conclusions of this expert workshop will be published in a white paper which will complement the Mexico City workshop report. The paper will provide input to inform Mission Innovation countries’ decisions regarding research investments, tenders, and priorities in energy materials innovation.