The Materials Data Facility (MDF)

A simple way to publish, discover, and access materials datasets

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Publish Data

Data publication is handled through the MDF Connect Service.


Publish Large Datasets

From kilobytes to terabytes, our data publication service can help you make your data available to the world.

Get an Identifier

When you publish your dataset, receive a permanent identifier (e.g., DOI) to make citing your work simple.

Simplify Discovery and Access

Researchers will be able to find datasets through the MDF services and through Google Scholar. Dataset contents can be accessed via Globus or web (HTTPS).

Discover Data

Web Interface

Programmatic Interface

Install Forge


from mdf_forge.forge import Forge
mdf = Forge()
elems = ["Al","Cu"]

r = mdf.search_by_elements(elements=elems, 

Access Data

  • dest = "my-ep-id"
    local_path = "/Users/me/globus"
    mdf.get_globus(r, dest=dest, 


MDF Forge facilitates rich queries that enable unprecedented exploration of indexed datasets.


Collecting data from various services can be challenging. Aggregating data from MDF-indexed datasets takes only a few lines of code!


MDF Discover allows programmatic access to the indexed dataset contents to facilitate automated analyses.

MDF Stats



>45 TB

Materials Data Published


Data Sources Indexed

How to Cite

If you find MDF useful in your research, please cite the following papers:

  • Blaiszik, B., K. Chard, J. Pruyne, R. Ananthakrishnan, S. Tuecke, and I. Foster. “The Materials Data Facility: Data Services to Advance Materials Science Research.” JOM 68, no. 8 (July 6, 2016): 2045–2052. doi:10.1007/s11837-016-2001-3. (link)
  • Blaiszik, Ben, Logan Ward, Marcus Schwarting, Jonathon Gaff, Ryan Chard, Daniel Pike, Kyle Chard, and Ian Foster. “A Data Ecosystem to Support Machine Learning in Materials Science.” MRS Communications (October 10, 2019): 1–9. doi:10.1557/mrc.2019.118. (link)


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CHiMaD Phase I

This work was performed under financial assistance award 70NANB14H012 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology as part of the Center for Hierarchical Material Design (CHiMaD).

CHiMaD Phase II

This work was performed under the following financial assistance award 70NANB19H005 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology as part of the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD).