The possible properties of nanostructured layers are countless - but how can you find the optimal one without long experimentation? Researchers from the chair of Materials Discovery and Interfaces and ICAMS at Ruhr-Universität Bochum tried a shortcut: Using a machine learning algorithm, the researchers were able to reliably predict the structural properties of such a layer. They report in the new journal "Communications Materials" from March 26, 2020.
Sputtering system in which nanostructured layers are produced. © Lars Banko