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Integrated Data Management for Materials Discovery


  • New materials are essential for future energy independence, environmental sustainability, and next-generation manufacturing.
  • The Materials Genome Initiative will decrease the materials discovery process by more than 50% - creating new solutions and products faster.
  • Integrated data management is critical for MGI success. Industry needs large databases of material properties, methods to intelligently probe the data, and the means to validate and critically evaluate data quality.
  • NIST currently provides such data management tools to the chemical industry for chemical process and product design through the Thermodynamics Research Center.
  • Our goal is to extend the TRC data infrastructure model to the field of materials science – providing the framework for data archival, guided data capture from the scientific literature, and on-demand evaluation of data quality.


Learn more about the Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC); it's history, capabilities, and expanding role in chemical processing, experimental planning, and process design.

TRC overview

TRC's growth in becoming the nation's leading repository of thermodynamics data, along with evolving programing and software design to enhance delivery of the data, makes the move into material science a natural progression. 

Major Accomplishments:

First Demonstration project focused on: multi-component phase diagram, thermochemical and bulk diffusion phase-based data in collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering Division and Information Technology Laboratory

alloy A cooled from 300 CAlloy B - cooled from 800 C

Alloy properties are substantially affected by composition and processing. Phases and microstructural features change as a function of processing conditions (e.g., finer microstructures typically result in stronger alloys). Extending the TRC integrated data management approach to alloy development will include phase diagram data, thermochemical data, diffusion data, thermodynamic property data, and mechanical property, among many others.

Links to Recent Pertinent Publications

ThermoData Engine (TDE) Software Implementation of the Dynamic Data Evaluation Concept.

Thermophysical and thermochemical properties on-demand for chemical process and product design.

data capture

Lead Organizational Unit:


Michael Frenkel
Director, Thermodynamics Research Center
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3337

email: michael.frenkel@nist.gov 

Rob Chirico
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3337

email: robert.chirico@nist.gov