ASM International Launches Online Access to World’s Largest Archive of Inorganic Materials Data

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The ASM Materials Platform for Data Science provides unprecedented flexibility and power for researchers to help solve the most complex materials challenges.

ASM International, the world’s largest and foremost professional technical society for materials science, is pleased to launch a customizable, easy-to-search, online database to assist a multitude of technical professionals in solving some of the most complex materials problems faced in their industry.

The ASM Materials Platform for Data Science (MPDS) is the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of inorganic materials data comprised of phase diagrams, crystal structures, and a broad range of properties – physical, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, to name a few. This massive data archive contains more than 1 million experimental and calculated data properties that allow users to dive deep into highly technical materials information that are now easily accessible in one place. In addition, utilizing concise searching technology, MPDS offers effective progressive data discovery of the massive data repository.

To demonstrate how this new database can be applied to real-world problems, ASM will host an ASM Webinar Series focused on Success Stories. In it, users will discuss how the MPDS data has led to solving their complex materials challenges.

In the first webinar, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time, the Success Story will focus on an engineer tasked with tackling a steam turbine application issue in the power generation industry. The problem: a valve was stuck because of high-temperature oxidation, and the engineer was responsible for finding a remedial solution to return the valve to normal operating conditions. The webinar will explain the complicated technical challenges in solving this, and how the ASM database proved to be an invaluable resource in finding a solution in a timely manner. The webinar will show how the ASM database can be more effective than other search-engine methods of research. Registration for the webinar is here.

The data contained in MPDS includes the lifelong work of Linus Pauling and the expanded effort of the Pauling File project, headed by Dr. Villars. The Pauling File project creates the core of the MPDS database, covering literature from all over the world from 1900 to the present. Dr. Blokhin is the developer of the graphic user interface (GUI) of MPDS and the curator of the Application Programming Interface (API). MPDS is continually growing and being updated because of the ongoing work of the Pauling File project and is exclusively available as an annual renewable subscription format through the ASM Digital Library.

The graphic-user-interface of MPDS allows users to concisely find the information they are seeking in a way that no other materials data repository has to date. The MPDS application programming interface (API) can be used to create custom datasets in machine-readable formats, suitable for automated processing, machine learning and simulation applications. API access to MPDS provides unprecedented flexibility and power for researchers.

To subscribe to the database or learn more about access to ASM Materials Platform for Data Science or the API access, please contact Nate Bulcroft at or 440.523.8209.

About ASM International
ASM International is the world’s largest and foremost professional technical society serving the information needs of scientists, engineers, and technicians who develop, test, select, and apply advanced materials, including metals, composites, polymers, and ceramics. As the world’s largest and most established materials information society, ASM engages and connects members to a global network of peers and provides access to trusted materials information through reference content and data, education courses, international events, and applied research.

To learn more about ASM International, visit or call 440.338.5151 to speak with an ASM International representative. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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