Showa Denko uses artificial intelligence (AI) to shorten polymer design time to one-fortieth

December 11, 2018 | Case Study

Showa Denko (SDK), a leading Japanese chemical and materials firm, is working with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Research Association of High-Throughput Design and Development for Advanced Functional Materials (ADMAT) to  develop an AI platform for designing new polymer materials that could drastically cut development time. This technology falls under Materials Informatics (MI), which uses AI methods to better understand the use, selection, development, and discovery of materials (see the report “Materials Informatics Update 2018” for more details). We see MI as an emerging technology with strong momentum and feature it in our newest report forecasting 19 technologies that could transform the world in the next decade.