Mission & Values

The Materials Virtual Lab is a group of scientists at the University of California San Diego‘s Department of NanoEngineering dedicated to the application of first principles calculations and informatics to accelerate materials design. Our research includes the development of novel thermodynamics analyses of quantum mechanical calculations and the investigation of structure-property relationships in nature. We also develop cutting edge IT management infrastructure for materials data, such as those generated from high-throughput computations.


Our vision is to be a world-class computational materials group pioneering the application of informatics techniques in materials study and design.


  1. We develop techniques that effectively integrate materials, computer and information science.
  2. We apply cutting-edge computational techniques to gain novel and useful insights into materials design.
  3. We build robust open software and data infrastructure for materials analysis.



We practice integrity in all forms.
We are honest and fair to fellow group members and collaborators.
We have a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism and falsification of results.


We strive for excellence in everything that we do.
We stand by the quality of our science.
We aim to develop scientists with great analytical, technical and communication skills.


We believe great teamwork is the key to great science.
We share and discuss ideas freely.
We strive to build great collaborations, both within and outside of the group.
We contribute actively to the materials science community.