Jakoah Brgoch, Associate Professor, University of Houston
Monday July 12th, 10am (USA/Pacific)
Superhard materials with a Vickers hardness above 40 GPa are essential in applications ranging from manufacturing to energy production. Finding new superhard materials has traditionally been guided by empirical design rules derived from classically known materials. However, the ability to quantitatively predict hardness remains a significant barrier in materials design. To address this challenge, we constructed an ensemble machine-learning model capable of directly predicting load-dependent hardness. The predictive power of our model was validated on eight unmeasured metal disilicides and a hold-out set of superhard materials. The trained model was then used to screen compounds in Pearson’s Crystal Data (PCD) set and combined with our recently developed machine-learning phase diagram tool to suggest previously unreported superhard compounds. Finally, industrial materials often experience tremendous heat during application; thus, we are building a method for predicting hardness at elevated temperatures.
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