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NIMS Award to a world-class researcher who did innovative research and accomplished excellent results in Materials Science

NIMS Award 2019 Winners

This year, NIMS will present the honor to outstanding research achievements in the field of Data-driven Materials Research and Data Infrastructure which have made a profound influence on the society as comprehensive studies that have pioneered new avenues utilizing data in materials research or the research that became its solid foundation.

Data-driven Materials Research

Pioneering data-driven materials research based on the first-principles calculations

Prof. Gerbrand Ceder

(Professor, UC Berkeley)

Fundamental Research Supporting Data-driven Materials Research

Development of Pauling File, inorganic materials database

Dr. Pierre Villars

(Director and Owner,Material Phases Data System (MPDS))

Research Summary and Impact on the Academic and Industrial Sectors

Prof. Gerbrand Ceder

[Research summary]

Prof. Ceder has opened a new era of computational materials science by realizing the idea of linking the first-principles calculation data with statistical thermodynamics. He has demonstrated the power of materials design based on a large amount of computational data and pioneered data-driven materials research. Prof. Ceder has achieved outstanding results in the design and development of various functional materials, including lithium ion battery cathode materials, solid electrolytes, and thermoelectric conversion materials.

[Impact on the academic and industrial sectors]

Prof. Ceder’s idea on materials design based on a large amount of first-principles calculation data had great impacts on academia and industry. His work has led to the development of present computer data infrastructures dedicated to materials design. Prof. Ceder created a recent trend in materials development using data science.

Dr. Pierre Villars

[Research summary]

Dr. Villars advocated the concept of a database that organically links crystal structures, phase diagrams and properties of inorganic materials, and developed “Pauling File”, a high quality and comprehensive world's largest inorganic materials database, from more than 180,000 documents published in over 1,000 scientific journals after year 1900 with unique curation method. As of July 2019, about 335,000 crystal structures, 44,000 state diagrams, and 400,000 properties have been recorded, and updates are ongoing.

[Impact on the academic and industrial sectors]

8 database products such as AtomWork and AtomWork Adv. provided by NIMS and Crystal Structure Data in PDF-4 + by ICDD, as well as 8 handbooks such as Landolt-Börnstein Handbook of Inorganic Substances (Springer) and Inorganic Substances Bibliography (DeGruyter) have been published based on the constructed inorganic materials database and are widely used throughout the world. In recent years, "data-driven materials research" using this database has been activated, and it is recognized as an important data resource to support the area.

2018 Award Ceremony (October 15th, 2018 at Tokyo International Forum)

From left to right, Prof. Miyazaki, Dr. Sagawa and NIMS President Hashimoto

2018 Award Winning-lecture


From left to right, Dr. Sagawa and Prof. Miyazaki

NIMS Award / Academic Symposium

October 30th, 2019
Tokyo International Forum, Hall B5