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Method of storing fast throughput experimentation information in a database

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A database is disclosed for storing fast throughput experimentation information. The database is organized in a hierarchical structure such that various database objects have a parent-child relationship. The hierarchical structure facilitates control over user access to various parts of the database. A method is disclosed for automatically populating the database with sample definitions. The sample information is provided in an arbitrary electronic format, which is imported into the database. A method is also disclosed for tracking sample events. Whenever a user takes an action in the database that affects a sample, a sample event is recorded. Finally, a method for automatically importing experimental data resulting from fast throughput experimentation on samples is disclosed. The data is automatically associated with information already stored in the database, such as the test conditions that held during the experimentation and the sample recipes of the samples tested.
Fitzgerald, George (Carlsbad, CA), Hill, Jorg-Rudiger (Deisenhofen, DE), Tucker, Joseph B. (Cambridge, GB)
10/ 997,689
November 24, 2004
[0002] The work described herein was partially funded by the United States Department of Energy under DOE Project DE-FC26-02NT41218, "Discovery of new NOx reduction catalysts for CIDI engines using combinatorial techniques."