Center for Hierarchical Materials Design

CHiMaD Research

CHiMaD is demonstrating the power and potential of bringing together data science, computational approaches and stat-of-art experiments to design materials ranging from alloys for additive manufacturing to polymers for impact protection. Our research efforts compass eight active use-case groups, and four tool development efforts along with databases and outreach as stated below.


CHiMaD Annual Reports

20142015 | 2016 | 2016 (Low-Res) | 2018 | 2018 (Low-Res)| 2019 | 2021


CHiMaD Research in Phase II (2019-2023)

  • Structural Material Design
  • Alloy Design for Additive Manufacturing [Lead PIs: Gregory Olson (NU), Begum Gulsoy (NU)]
  • Accelerated Development of Castable, Printable Co-based Superalloys for High-Temperature Use [Lead PI: David Dunand (NU)]
  • High-Performance Composite Design for Extreme Environments  [Lead PI: Kenneth Shull (NU)]


  • Functional Material Design
  • Grain Boundary and Interface Engineering in Thermoelectrics [Lead PI: Jeffrey Snyder (NU)]
  • 2D Electronic Material Inks [Lead PI: Mark Hersam (NU)]


  • Soft Material Design
  • Directed Self-Assembly of Soft Matter Systems [Lead PI: Paul Nealey (UC)]
  • Design of Properties of Polyelectrolyte Complexes [Lead PI: Matthew Tirrell (UC)]
  • High-Performance Impact Protection [Lead PI: Heinrich Jaeger (UC)]


  • Materials Informatics
  • Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Data Mining [Lead PIs: Alok Choudhary (NU), Ankit Agrawal (NU)]
  • Materials Data Facility [Lead PIs: Ian Foster (UC/ANL), Benjamin Blaiszik (UC/ANL)]


  • Design Tools
  • Phase Field Methods [Lead PI: Olle Heinonen (ANL)]
  • Uncertainty Quantification of Phase Equilibria and Thermodynamics [Lead PI: Marius Stan (ANL)]


  • Outreach & Facilities
  • CHiMaD Outreach and Materials Design Training [Technical Lead: Begum Gulsoy (NU)]
  • CHiMaD Data Outreach Efforts [Technical Lead: Laura Bartolo (NU)]
  • CHiMaD Metals Processing Facility [Manager: Paul Adler (NU)] 



CHiMaD Research in Phase I (2014-2018)

CHiMaD Phase I Use Case groups:

  • Low-Dimensional Nanoelectronic Materials [Lead PI: Mark Hersam (NU)]
  • Precipitation-Strengthened Alloys [Lead PIs: Gregory Olson (NU), David Dunand (NU)]
  • In-situ Si-Composite Materials (2014-2015) [Lead PI: Peter Voorhees (NU), in collaboration with Dow-Corning]
  • Directed Self-Assembly of Block Co-polymers Films for Lithographic Applications [Lead PI: Paul Nealey (UC)]
  • Soft Matter Design based on Charge Complexation [Lead PI: Matthew Tirrell (UC)]
  • Organic Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells [Lead PI: Luping Yu (UC)]
  • Polymer Matrix Materials [Lead PI: Kenneth Shull (NU)]


 CHiMaD Seed groups:

  • Additive Manufacturing [Lead PI: Jian Cao (NU)]
  • Impact Mitigation [Lead PIs: Heinrich Jaeger (UC), Sidney Nagel (UC), Juan de Pablo (UC)]
  • Uncertainty Quantification of Thermodynamic Properties [Lead PI: Marius Stan (ANL)]


CHiMaD Tool groups & Facilities:

  • Data Mining and Analytics [Lead PIs: Alok Choudhary (NU), Ankit Agrawal (NU)]
  • Phase Field Methods [Lead PIs: Olle Heinonen (ANL), Peter Voorhees (NU)]
  • Materials Data Facility (2015- ) [Lead PI: Ian Foster (UC/ANL)]
  • CHiMaD Data Efforts (2016- ) [Technical Lead: Laura Bartolo (NU)]
  • Metals Processing Facility (2016- ) [Technical Lead: Paul Adler (NU)]
  • Outreach [Technical Lead: Begum Gulsoy (NU)]