Predictive Synthesis

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2021-07-02
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Kovnir, Kirill
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Ames National Laboratory

Ames National Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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Current solid state synthesis intrinsically involves a multidimensional space which is challenging to parametrize and predict. The diversity of extended structures comes from the diversity of basic properties of elements of the Periodic system which may exhibit a variety of bonding modes. The fundamental challenges of prediction of the preparative outcome are further complicated by practical synthetic issues. Current development in computational and experimental methods calls for collaborative efforts to make solid state synthesis more predictable. This Perspective discusses several steps in this direction, including integration of predictions of synthetic conditions with new structure predictions, widespread in situ studies to obtain a panoramic view of the reaction mechanism, and the creation of a synthetic database to properly document all synthetic efforts, including the unsuccessful ones.

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