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Raytheon's Technology Today describes the ongoing cooperation between Materials Design® and Raytheon as they work to find lead-free solder.

MedeA-VASP and the Transition State Search module are powerful tools in prescreening interesting candidates to eliminate toxic lead.
The goal is long-life: Lead is used to suppress whisker growth and preserve the amazing thermal properties of solder. The result? Contacts that last.

And we all know from the movies that high lead concentrations can shorten your life span.
Or as they say in the West "With MedeA® in his hand, nothing stands in his way."

Montrouge, France and Santa Fe, NM, USA – August 31, 2010

Materials Design® was named one of two industrial partners in the PREDIMOL Project. This project will demonstrate the applicability of computational methods in predicting physicochemical properties of chemical substances. Accurate knowledge of this data is required by the new EU regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). This concerns more than 143,000 substances which have been pre-registered by 65,000 companies in order to allow their use before 2018.

Where: San Diego, California

When: 27-29 October 2010

Join us this year in San Diego at the Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego Bay for our annual MedeA Users Group Meeting.

Materials Design announces a joint presentation with University of Texas at Dallas, KAUST, and Texas Instruments at the 2010 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits on June 17th in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The presentation will describe the results of a close collaboration including experiment and atomistic simulation, and illustrates the power of this complementarity in guiding the development of materials and processes for microelectronic applications.

Materials Design, Inc. announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Taiwan Auto-Design Company (TADC). Under this agreement, TADC will distribute Materials Design® software and services in Taiwan.

Materials Design's senior scientist Mathew D. Halls, Ph.D. will be delivering an invited presentation in the plenary session for "First-Principles Calculations for ALD: Precursors, Processes, and Interfaces" at the 10th international conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD 2010). The ALD 2010 conference will be held at the Seoul Education Culture Center, Seoul, Korea from June 20 to 23, 2010. Dr. Halls will present on June 21st.

Materials Design announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Kyung Won Engineering & Communication (KWEnC). Under the agreement, KWEnC will distribute Materials Design’s software and services in South Korea. 

“We selected KWEnC because of their commitment to science and their demonstrated success in providing high-quality support to customers using scientific and engineering software,” said Erich Wimmer, CEO of Materials Design.

A Materials Design client and colleague, Dr. Louis G. Hector, Jr. of the General Motors R&D Center, has been honored with two GM R&D Innovation Awards for his research on:

  1. Fundamentals of Interfacial Tribology

  2. Multi-scale Modeling of High-temperature Deformation in Aluminum

Where: Bordeaux, France

When: 26-28 April 2010

The president of Materials Design®, Dr. Erich Wimmer will present both a scientific overview and a half-day workshop. During the conference, we will be available for one-on-one discussions, and we are looking forward to talking directly to you, your scientists and engineers.

Half-Day Workshop (Course 6): Mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties from atomistic simulations with a strong ab initio component.

Instructors:Dr. Erich Wimmer, Materials Design Inc. and Dr. Alexander Mavromaras, Materials Design SARL

"South Africa suffers from a shortage of electrical energy impeding economic growth. Nuclear power is seen as a critical part of the solution,” said Erich Wimmer, CEO of Materials Design. “Our technology will help increase the efficiency and safety of the engineering work. We welcome PBMR as a member of Materials Design's growing software user group and development forum. We look forward to a long-term relationship that will grow into an advanced nuclear materials development program involving academics from South Africa and students across a wide discipline of science and engineering.”

PBMR has been using the Materials Design® software platform MedeA® for over a year. “Atomistic computer simulations contribute significantly to the development and testing of nuclear materials, both structural and on the fuel side,” said Dr. Johan Slabber, CTO of PBMR. “Our relationship with Materials Design® is an important part of our ongoing research and desire to develop solutions for energy sustainability.”

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