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Microsoft said a team of scientists used artificial intelligence and high- performance computing to plow through 32.6 million battery materials in 80 hours. The results kick off an ambitious effort to create a new generation of batteries. The company shared some of the best candidates with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which investigated the most promising ones and built a prototype battery using a brand-new material. The dime-size prototype is not yet ready for a prime-time role as a power source, but it does have the ability to replenish power. The feat demonstrates the potential of new technologies to change the field of materials science. The company claimed to have screened 32.6 million materials in 80 hours, but the man who wasn't involved in the project called it staggering.

Thirty-two million told me that they weren't screening known materials.

He was able to review news releases from Microsoft but wasn't able to read the scientific paper before it was released. The paper was posted on the science preprint site arXiv.

Although estimates vary, experts generally consider there to be about 200,000 known materials in the world, and materials scientists continue to seek new ones that may hold the key to solving some of the planet's serious challenges. Scientists must find safe ways to break down the plastic into fuel and raw materials in order to reduce the huge amount of plastic on the beaches. To respond quickly to new pathogens that are capable of causing future Pandemics, scientists must design effective drugs that use proteins to attack viruses andbacteria. The process of discovering the right materials has been slowed by hypothesis-driven trial-and-error approaches. Scientists can use the elements in the periodic table like a painter would use a set of colors, using high- performance computing and artificial intelligence to arrive at new configurations. The goal of the project was to use advanced computing power to speed up the discovery process. Baker said that they can 888-609- 888-609- 888-609- 888-609- 888-609- 888-609-

The materials that were weeded out quickly were poor conductors, too unstable, or too costly to be used for batteries. Microsoft consulted materials experts at the government laboratory in the belief that a computer gave them the answer after having early results. Chirag Dekate, a vice president and analyst at the Stamford, Conn.-based research and consulting firm, said that this is the nature of things to come.

There is a need for better battery technology. The industry is projected to reach $189.4 billion by 2032, and the current crop of batteries are unable to charge quickly or hold their charge. The New York fire department reported 18 deaths in fires linked to electric-vehicle batteries. Solid-state electrolyte batteries have a higher energy density than liquid ion batteries and do not present a fire or leakage risk, which is why Microsoft searched for materials to build them. The material used for the prototype was 70 percent less powerful than existing batteries. The Microsoft team used artificial intelligence to function like a funnel. A lot of possibilities were fed into the top of the funnel and then passed through various filters to find the best ones. The artificial intelligence began by looking at the number of candidates that would stay in the form needed to perform in a battery and then asked each of them if they would react to oxygen. When electrical current is applied to it, will it do strange things? The lab's materials science group lead in the Physical Sciences Division said, "They asked, what are the properties that you would typically need from a material to make a better battery?" Murugesan said his reaction varied from "Why?" to "What?" when he looked at a list of 120 to 130 best candidates. I see that is an obvious next step from what we are doing.

Some of the materials recommended by artificial intelligence have already been flagged by experts as promising. The lab is working on at least two more candidate materials and is currently working on the prototype material. Aron Walsh, a professor and chair in materials design at Imperial College London, responded by email to the preliminary information presented by Microsoft.

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