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The objectives of the Advanced Materials Center of Excellence are to create a world-class research program aimed at broadly accelerating the design, discovery, development and deployment of advanced materials by the nation's academic and industry enterprises. The Center will address two broad challenges through a partnership with NIST:

1) Foster the development of integrated computational, modeling and other data-driven tools needed to achieve the accelerated development of advanced materials as envisioned in the administration's Materials Genome Initiative, including;

  • the development of new modeling, simulation and other computational tools for materials design,
  • the development of advanced information management systems needed to support the creation and integration of tools for data-driven scientific discovery and engineering of materials,
  • the establishment of standards, infrastructure, and reference databases needed to enable reliable computational-driven materials discovery and optimization, and

2) Foster the discovery of revolutionary new materials by academic and industry researchers by leveraging and amplifying access to the world-class, often unique facilities and expertise for materials characterization at NIST including:

  • NIST methods in x-ray and neutron scattering and diffraction tools tailored for the analysis of soft materials, lightweight alloys, and advanced electronics,
  • NIST soft x-ray synchrotron tools for nanoscale-resolved mapping of materials composition and structure
  • NIST advanced microscopy facilities that provide hyperspectral analysis of materials structure and properties
  • NIST expertise and facilities in nanomechanical testing and nanomaterials analysis
  • NIST facilities for combinatorial materials library production and high-throughput testing.

It is expected that in each of these endeavors the recipient will accelerate the adoption of tools into the advanced manufacturing industry, and that the recipient will establish opportunities for extended collaborations between NIST, lead and partner institutions, and recipient scientists through the Center, employing mechanisms such as staff exchanges, jointly advised graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and senior guest scientists. Refer to http://www.nist.gov and www.nist.gov/mgi for more information about NIST and the areas of research collaboration presently available to the Advanced Materials Center of Excellence participants.