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AI & Physical Sciences for Climate Innovation Symposium

This symposium aims to bring together leading experts and thought leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and physical sciences, working on applications of AI for climate innovation, particularly focusing on areas in climate and weather and materials science for sustainability.


BIDMaP Emerging Scholars Program

The BIDMaP Emerging Scholars Program is accepting fellowship applications from recent PhDs in basic science or data science fields interested in working at the interface of machine learning, the natural sciences and climate change. 

The Bakar Institute of Digital Materials for the Planet (BIDMaP) is a new institute in UC Berkeley’s...

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BIDMaP Chief Scientist Omar Yaghi awarded prestigious Solvay Prize

Prof. Omar Yaghi has been awarded the esteemed Science for the Future Ernest Solvay Prize by Syensqo. This accolade celebrates chemistry leaders whose breakthroughs are shaping the future of the field and humanity. Yaghi is being recognized for his pioneering work on reticular materials, including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent...

Seminars & Events

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Apr. 11, 2024 – Grace Gu: AI-enabled composite design and manufacturing

Composite materials are known for their customizable properties and superior performance characteristics. However, the design of these materials is inherently complex, as it involves navigating through an extensive array of possible material combinations and configurations. In this talk, I will first present novel computational approaches...
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Apr. 18, 2024 – Matt Rosseinsky:Discovery synthesis of inorganic functional materials in the digital age

The need for new materials to tackle societal challenges in energy and sustainability is widely acknowledged. As demands for performance increase while resource constraints narrow available options, the vastness of composition, structure and process parameter space make the apparently simple questions of where to look...
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May 3, 2024 - Omar Yaghi: How chemistry will solve the climate problem, fast!

This presentation will be about how the precision of manipulating molecules has led to several large classes of porous materials capable of carbon capture and water harvesting from desert air. The use of generative AI and ChatGPT to speed up the cycle of materials discovery...

About BIDMaP

Cost-efficient climate change

The Bakar Institute of Digital Materials for the Planet (BIDMaP) aims to speed up the development of reticular chemistry and modular structures for achieving cost-efficient, easily deployable ultra-porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).

These programs will help limit and address the impacts of climate change and extend to downstream technologies like conversion of CO2 to clean fuels, biodegradable polymers, enzymes, and pharmaceuticals. BIDMaP brings together top computation and machine learning experts with chemistry and other physical science researchers to exploit the vast potential these reticular structures have in achieving clean air, clean energy, and clean water.

A new frontier

MOFs are crystalline structures in which a combination of multi-metal units and organic linkers are stitched together by strong bonds to make frameworks encompassing ultra-high surface areas (up to 7,000 square meters per gram of MOF material), folded and compacted into tiny spaces.

Each of the more than 100,000 frameworks in existence can selectively attract, filter, store or release specific molecules like carbon dioxide and water, operating in different environments and with high precision.

COFs are yet another class of ultra-porous crystals made entirely from strongly bonded organic molecules with no metals; their versatility offers another frontier in applications for electronics and climate-related catalytic conversions of carbon dioxide.