Application of first principles calculations and other computational techniques in the design, development, and investigation of new energy materials
Dr. Ong received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. He was subsequently appointed as a Senior Research Associate in MIT. Dr. Ong’s research and teaching vision is to be a leader in bringing forth a data-driven future for materials design. During his PhD, Dr. Ong was part of a research team that developed a high-throughput (HT) computational framework for materials design that led to the discovery several novel Li-ion battery cathode materials. In Oct 2011, this framework was spun off into the Materials Project (www.materialsproject.org), an open science project to make the calculated properties for all known inorganic materials publicly available to researchers to accelerate materials innovation. This project is now a cornerstone of the Materials Genome Initiative and has garnered significant press worldwide. Intersecting the disciplines of materials science and information science, Dr. Ong’s research will develop new materials informatics approaches to create and analyze rich materials data and apply them to the design of new energy materials. He will teach courses that will train new practitioners in up-to-date computational materials science and informatics approaches. Dr. Ong will also continue his efforts with the Materials Project to promote open access to materials information access and analysis codes.