On 9 September 2022, Wolverton ((Northwestern University, Evanston, IL USA) spoke about his study of the structure of networks of materials: "The Phase Diagram of All Inorganic Materials" as part of the NFDI Physical Sciences Joint Colloquium at the Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Dozens of noticeable young participants carefully listened to his presentation in the lecture room. Of about 100 registered guests, more than 50 followed the event online. The study is based on an extensive database of complex materials. Complementing common bottom-up approaches to the structure-property relationships of materials at the interatomic level, it focuses on the interaction between the materials themselves. Therefore, predictions about materials nobility and their synthesizability could be derived.
The colloquium took place within the framework of the NFDI initiative to establish a National Research Data Infrastructure. After the lecture, around 20 researchers from various NFDI consortia met for a lively round-table discussion on the handling of research data in the scientific community. Short presentations by NFDI4Cat, FAIRmat and NFDI-MatWerk served as a basis for this exchange. Central questions were how to deal with "negative" data, concepts for handling meta-data and access to data from experimental devices. The participants agreed that the change in the importance of research data also requires a cultural change in scientific thinking. Such a process first needs scientific incentives and high motivation to become a long-lasting mental change in the community.
Many thanks to the speaker, Dr. Wolverton, as well as to the organiser of the event, Dr. Tilmann Hickel (BAM, MPIE, NFDI-MatWerk), and to all participants of the Joint Colloquium.