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Workshop: AI for Accelerated Materials Design (AI4Mat)

Graph Contrastive Learning for Materials

Teddy Koker · Keegan Quigley · Will Spaeth · Nathan Frey · Lin Li


Recent work has shown the potential of graph neural networks to efficiently predict material properties, enabling high-throughput screening of materials. Training these models, however, often requires large quantities of labelled data, obtained via costly methods such as ab initio calculations or experimental evaluation. By leveraging a series of material-specific transformations, we introduce CrystalCLR, a framework for constrastive learning of representations with crystal graph neural networks. With the addition of a novel loss function, our framework is able to learn representations competitive with engineered fingerprinting methods. We also demonstrate that via model finetuning, contrastive pretraining can improve the performance of graph neural networks for prediction of material properties and significantly outperform traditional ML models that use engineered fingerprints. Lastly, we observe that CrystalCLR produces material representations that form clusters by compound class.

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