NOMAD Laboratory

The Novel Materials Discovery (NOMAD) Laboratory

NOMAD Laboratory - Your Gateway to Materials Science

Scientific Data - The 21st Century’s Raw Material and its Challenges   

Scientific data is one of the most valuable resource of our time, fortunately infinite in number. But this is exactly where the difficulties lie: Materials science has already entered an era in which the growth of data from experiments and simulations is expanding beyond a level that can be managed with established scientific methods. In addition, the acquired data is not shared and therefore often thrown away despite its relevance. The time has come to open materials science data up and let researchers from all over the world benefit from sharing each other's data!

NOMAD’s Mission

This is where NOMAD comes in: NOMAD creates, collects, stores, and cleanses computational materials science data, computed by the most important materials-science codes available today.

Furthermore, the NOMAD Laboratory develops tools for mining this data in order to find structure, correlations, and novel information that could not be discovered from studying smaller data sets. Thus, NOMAD fosters the discovery of new materials.

And most importantly, NOMAD leads the Open Science Movement in materials science, supported by the global community by making all data freely accessible.

Why NOMAD is so Innovative

  • NOMAD keeps scientific data securely stored for at least 10 years.
  • Absolutely anyone can upload and download data from anywhere in the world.
  • NOMAD is free of charge and easy to use.
  • NOMAD provides digital object identifiers for your data. This makes the data citable.


NOMAD does much more than store and share data! NOMAD offers cutting-edge tools that researchers and companies can use to develop better or completely new materials:

  • NOMAD Repository is the largest repository for computational materials science worldwide, containing the input and output files from more than 100 million high-quality calculations.
  • NOMAD Archive offers a homogeneous representation of the data from the repository as open-access, code-independent, machine-readable, and standardized data.
  • NOMAD Encyclopedia – is a hugely powerful web tool for detailed searches of materials the NOMAD data store.
  • NOMAD Artificial Intelligence Toolkit contains powerful tools for finding completely new patterns and information in materials science Big Data using the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches.

Why Sharing?

We need to change our scientific culture, and there are many reasons why. First of all, sharing one’s own data enables its further exploration and encourages collaboration between scientists. This then leads to novel insights and further groundbreaking scientific findings in various research areas. Thus, Open Data not only strengthens the research landscape but also the researchers who share their data. Their work will be cited even more, since it may turn out useful in a different context. In addition, many systems are being calculated again and again. Thus, if all the data were available, much of the same work could be avoided, and personnel, computational, and thus financial resources could be used elsewhere.

There are many more advantages, but in short: We all benefit from sharing - researcher, the scientific community, industry, and public.


The NOMAD Lab, established 2014 and largely developed by the NOMAD Centre of Excellence (CoE), which was funded by the EU as a research grant from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program from 2015 to 2018. The CoE has been awarded future funding for the next three years in 2020, with the main focus now being on exascale computing. Further information is available on the website of the CoE.

Since September 2018, the NOMAD Lab is part of the association FAIR Data Infrastructure for Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Astronomy e.V. (FAIR-DI e.V.), a non-profit association based in Germany.