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Finding a glass needle in a haystack

Metals that are glasses and can be formed like plastics are called bulk metallic glasses (BMG). But not all metals can be glasses and one has to sort through a large number of chemical compositions to find a good BMG. a trial and error processes could take up to a day to decide if a single composition can be molded. Sorting through hundreds of BMGs that are composed of four chemical elements would take up to a year. Now, with CRISP’s new combinatorial deposition system, more than 800 different compositions can be synthesized and characterized in a day. Using this method, an optimized metallic glass former that

can be easily molded has been found.