This follows a US$1 million grant in the project from the National Science Foundation’s Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) initiative, which will fund three years of research. 

The NSF initiative is part of a broader national Materials Genome Initiative announced by President Obama two years ago.

The database will provide a reference guide to properties of alloys on the molecular scale. Other researchers will be able follow the guide to formulate titanium alloys for different applications – in particular, medical implants.