Machine learning and atomistic materials simulations

Welcome

We are a computational research group working at the interface between machine learning and atomistic simulations. We use the tools of data science and engineering as well as physics-based simulations like density functional theory and molecular dynamics to design and understand materials. 

Designing for function.

We use computational tools to tackle design of materials in complex combinatorial search spaces, such as organic electronic materials, energy storage polymers and molecules, and heterogeneous (electro)catalysts. In addition to screening large numbers of possible candidates with forward models (given a material, predict its properties), machine learning tools allow us to address the inverse design question, that is, given the desired properties, imagine the material.

Basic questions.

The combination of large experimental datasets and accurate theoretical simulations with statistical inference allows computers to answer fundamental scientific questions like never before. We ask questions about the nature of chemical reactivity, materials transformations, and ion transport.


Active Learning

Representation Learning

Generative Models and Inverse Design

High-throughput virtual screening


We are recruiting! 

We are actively looking for new group members at all levels.

  • MIT undergraduate students interested in joining the group for a UROP please shoot Rafa an email.
  • Undergraduate students interested in joining the group for their PhD are encouraged to apply for admission to an MIT graduate program.
  • Graduate students admitted to DMSE and also to other departments at MIT who are interested in working with us should contact Rafa. 
  • We are also on the lookout for outstading postdoctoral researchers with a background in any combination of the following: machine learning, high-throughput simulation, materials informatics, electronic structure. Python chops and experience using databases are a big plus. Specifically, we are seeking to fill
    •  one or two postdoctoral positions in design of oxide catalysts for the oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions using density functional theory, high throughput simulations and machine learning, as part of larger collaboration to achieve accelerated materials design in the lab. The expected start date is asap in Fall 2020
    • one postdoctoral position in machine learning and molecular dynamics simulations of ion transport in polymers. Experience in polymer design, MD, force-field parametrization are of particular interest. The expected start date is asap in Fall 2020.