Advanced SaaS solution will accelerate critical phase of novel material development.

Buffalo, New York – January 6, 2022 – U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm today announced that Sentient Science Corporation will receive $200K as part of 82 Department of Energy grants totaling $100 million to 68 small businesses in 24 states, including projects relating to wind turbine and wind farms, improved battery electrolytes, solar generation of hydrogen, and upcycling of carbon dioxide, along with a wide range of other efforts.

“Supporting small businesses will ensure we are tapping into all of America’s talent to develop clean energy technologies that will help us tackle the climate crisis,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s investments will enable these economic engines to optimize and commercialize their breakthroughs, while developing the next generation of climate leaders and helping to build a sustainable future to benefit all Americans.”

Through the SBIR/STTR program across the federal government, small business powers the U.S. economy and generates thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly, the DOE notes. DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards aim at transforming DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into viable products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that aid in scientific discovery.

Sentient Science Corporation will receive funding to develop an integrated software package that leverages AI platforms and ML algorithms with high performance computing and first principles calculations to predict, determine, and validate structure-process-property relationships in user-desired material systems. Using the innovative BLAST (Bridging Length/time-scales via Atomistic Simulation Toolkit) technology created by Argonne National Lab, the software developed through this program will accelerate the critical and time-consuming force field development phase of the process to develop new material models by more than 400% which will make an impact on real industrial problems.  The commercial solution will be branded as DigitalClone for Material Design and Discovery (DC-MDD).

The primary value of DC-MDD is the ability to turn an expensive, multi-year process that requires dedicated research institution resources into a software-enabled project that can be accomplished by less specialized personnel in just a few months.  Industry applications for this capability include energy storage, batteries, quantum computing, semiconductors, polymers, advanced lubricants, rocket fuels, and other specialized material development activities.

“We are very excited about this program.  With this award, Sentient and our Argonne partner will commercialize an industry-leading capability to accelerate the design & development of new materials,” according to Jason Rios, SVP at Sentient Science.  “The benefits in key areas like semiconductors and EVTOL alone will be tremendous, not to mention the possible acceleration of quantum computing.”

More information about all the projects announced by DOE today is available at the following link:

About Sentient Science

Sentient Science’s DigitalClone® software applies materials science and physics-based modeling to predict wear and fatigue damage of in the microstructure of critical components and major systems of helicopter drivetrains and rotating mechanical equipment. DigitalClone provides prognostic solutions impacting design, manufacturing, operations, sustainment, supply chain management, and many other aspects of the lifecycle of critical rotorcraft components. Sentient Science received the 2014 Tibbets Award at the White House for the role they played in research and development for the Government and for success in driving innovation into the industrial and energy marketplace, the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pioneers Award in 2016 for commercialization of the DigitalClone software for life extension of wind turbines and Excellence in Wind Prognostics by Frost & Sullivan in 2017 and the 2020 Top Aviation Solution Providers by Aerospace & Defense Review.

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