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National Security

The Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and national defense laboratories are significantly invested in materials research explicitly for national security. While DOD uses advanced materials to help protect and arm American troops, and NNSA uses advanced materials to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the American nuclear weapons deterrent, materials also play a role in many other areas of national security. Materials advances are important for lighter-weight protection systems and vehicles, advanced energetic materials, composites used in turbine engines, lifetime prediction of defense systems, electronics, and energy storage and distribution, among other applications. Many important materials developments eventually are transitioned into commercial products that enhance the well-being of the country at large.

The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)

The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE) is a multi-institution collaborative research center housed within the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The Center brings together academia, industry, and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to address fundamental science issues in materials in extreme dynamic environments through a highly collaborative effort: the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA).

The Brilliance of Diamonds

In 2013, Argonne National Laboratory and AKHAN Semiconductors together developed diamond-based semiconductor technologies that have now been licensed to AKHAN. This public-private partnership resulted in advanced manufacturing capabilities that will result in accelerated deployment of diamond-based materials to the market. Argonne developed a nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) deposition technology that lowers the cost of diamond thin films. AKHAN developed a doping process that can more efficiently transforms diamond into a semi-conductor.

Rational Design of Advanced Polymeric Capacitor Films Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

The primary objective of this integrated research program is to design new classes of polymeric materials with high dielectric constant and high breakdown strength, suitable for application in high voltage, high energy density capacitor technologies. We seek to achieve this objective through state-of-the-art "scale-bridging" computations, synthesis, processing, and electrical characterization, and through the creation of a relational database.

Automatic Flow for Materials Discovery (AFLOW)

The AFLOW (Automatic-FLOW) is a multi-university-research-consortium aimed to develop, serve and maintain a plethora of online computational frameworks.

PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center

At the PRISMS Center integration drives everything we do. Our science is integrated with our computational codes and with the results from our experimentalists who identify new phenomena and fill in missing details. Our Materials Commons repository allows groups to collaborate and share data and provide it to the broader technical community. And our computational software is seamlessly integrating the latest multi-length scale scientific software into open source codes.

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Managing the Mosaic of Microstructure

The ability to digitally design materials with microstructures optimized to achieve desired properties, is one of the long term goals of the materials field. Simulation-based materials design has the potential to dramatically reduce the need for expensive down-stream characterization and testing. However, this requires reliable algorithms and methodologies that incorporate variability and uncertainty in the design process, and are validated against physics-based models and experiments.

The Materials Project

Harnessing the power of supercomputing and state of the art electronic structure methods, the Materials Project provides open web-based access to computed information on known and predicted materials as well as powerful analysis tools to inspire and design novel materials.

Innovative methods to identify critical and/or strategic elements from unconventional domestic sources

Sourcing sufficient quantities of precursor chemicals at the appropriate purity can be a major challenge for scaling up production of advanced materials containing critical and/or strategic elements (many of which are imported). The USGS Minerals Program has been applying several innovative technologies for in-situ quantification of the amounts and forms of critical and/or strategic metals in potential domestic sources including historic ores, unconventional mineral deposits, and various types of solid and liquid waste streams.

Innovation in High Energy Diffraction Microscopy Adds New Insights to Material Deformation and Failure

A team of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Petra III (Germany), PulseRay, and Cornell University have developed a revolutionary experimental capability using high energy synchrotron x-ray techniques to non-destructively measure the internal structure and micro-mechanical state of deforming polycrystalline solids.

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AFRL, NIST, and NSF Announce Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge Awardees
AFRL, NIST, and NSF Announce Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge Awardees
AFRL, NIST, and NSF Announce Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge Awardees
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AFRL, NIST, and NSF Announce Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge Awardees
Center of Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
Center of Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
Center of Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
Center of Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
QMCPACK
QMCPACK
National Objective: National Security
Innovation in High Energy Diffraction Microscopy Adds New Insights to Material Deformation and Failure
Innovation in High Energy Diffraction Microscopy Adds New Insights to Material Deformation and Failure
The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE)
The Materials Project
The Materials Project
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Managing the Mosaic of Microstructure
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Managing the Mosaic of Microstructure
Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM)
Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM)
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
Automatic Flow for Materials Discovery (AFLOW)
Automatic Flow for Materials Discovery (AFLOW)
Rational Design of Advanced Polymeric Capacitor Films Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Rational Design of Advanced Polymeric Capacitor Films Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
The Brilliance of Diamonds
Innovative methods to identify critical and/or strategic elements from unconventional domestic sources
Innovative methods to identify critical and/or strategic elements from unconventional domestic sources
National Objective: Human Health and Welfare
The Materials Project
The Materials Project
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
Development and application of innovative methods for quantification of hexavalent chromium in soils
Development and application of innovative methods for quantification of hexavalent chromium in soils
National Objective: Clean Energy Systems
DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Database
DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Database
The Materials Project
The Materials Project
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
Rational Design of Advanced Polymeric Capacitor Films Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Rational Design of Advanced Polymeric Capacitor Films Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
The Brilliance of Diamonds
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
The Nanoporous Materials Genome Center
The Nanoporous Materials Genome Center
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS)
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS)
National Objective: Infrastructure and Consumer Goods
Innovation in High Energy Diffraction Microscopy Adds New Insights to Material Deformation and Failure
Innovation in High Energy Diffraction Microscopy Adds New Insights to Material Deformation and Failure
DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Database
DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Database
Data and Computational Tools for Advanced Materials Design: Structural Materials Applications - Cobalt Based Superalloys
Data and Computational Tools for Advanced Materials Design: Structural Materials Applications - Cobalt Based Superalloys
Materials Data Curation System
Materials Data Curation System
The Materials Project
The Materials Project
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Managing the Mosaic of Microstructure
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Managing the Mosaic of Microstructure
Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM)
Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM)
Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD)
Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD)
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
Automatic Flow for Materials Discovery (AFLOW)
Automatic Flow for Materials Discovery (AFLOW)
The Brilliance of Diamonds
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Innovative methods to identify critical and/or strategic elements from unconventional domestic sources
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS)
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS)
Development and application of innovative methods for quantification of hexavalent chromium in soils
Development and application of innovative methods for quantification of hexavalent chromium in soils
Innovative methods to identify critical and/or strategic elements from unconventional domestic sources
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