Call for Papers: Crowdsourcing designs for the next generation of self-driving labs
The Acceleration Consortium (AC) working together with Matter and Schmidt Futures are soliciting white papers towards Critical Materials Advancements for Societal Solutions (CriticalMASS). Based at the University of Toronto, the AC is a global community of academia, government, and industry who are accelerating the discovery of new materials and molecules needed for a sustainable future.
Reaching critical MASS (materials acceleration for societal solutions): Call for papers
Primary Journals: Matter, Cell Reports Physical Science
Submission deadline: July 15, 2022
Editors: Steve Cranford, Editor-In-Chief, Matter
Guest editors: Martin Seifrid, Jason Hattrick-Simpers, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Tom Kalil
Self-driving labs (SDLs) have already begun to revolutionize scientific research by combining state of the art automation, artificial intelligence, and data management tools to accelerate discovery. SDLs have the potential to address some of the century’s most pressing problems by helping us to create new, more sustainable materials for a fraction of the usual time and cost.
To date, a number of proofs of concept have been demonstrated, and there is clear momentum within the community towards adopting these tools to propel science into the future. Now is the time to dream big! The Acceleration Consortium (AC) working together with Matter and Schmidt Futures are soliciting white papers towards Critical Materials Advancements for Societal Solutions (CriticalMASS).
Help us reach critical mass!
We seek white papers defining the low-hanging high-impact projects and associated teams that, if appropriately funded, could push ideas out of the lab and start solving societal issues. Gathering input from all resources, we can reach a proverbial critical mass to initiate a chain reaction of acceleration materials discovery. Help us reach this critical mass of ideas and start a new materials reaction!
The papers will be published both in Matter and associated journals such as Cell Reports Physical Science as Perspective articles and presented as a special online collection highlighting transformational SDL technologies.
The papers will also be highlighted at the Accelerate Conference hosted by the Acceleration Consortium (AC) in Toronto from August 30 to September 2, 2022. Based at the University of Toronto, the AC is a global community of government, academia, and industry accelerating the discovery of new materials and molecules needed for a sustainable future.
To meet the publication standards of Cell Press, all white papers will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Parallel to the review process, the white papers will also be ranked by a panel of SDL experts. The 3 highest ranked white papers by a PI and the 3 highest ranked white papers by a pre-tenure track researcher will receive travel support up to $5,000 CAD to present their work as invited talks in a special session of the Accelerate Conference.
To be considered for the conference, white papers must be submitted to Matter by July 15, 2022. Please include the desire for consideration in the cover letter to ensure that your paper is included in the CriticalMASS call for white papers.