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Frontiers of Materials Research

Written by Lori A. Wilson

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to learn the perspective of members of MRS and where the materials community sees opportunities and gaps in materials research (MR), and to bring attention to a particular brand of research.

The Academies are assessing the progress and achievements in MR over the past decade. To help achieve this, they are seeking community input on the future of MR. Erik Svedberg, study director from the National Materials and Manufacturing Board, and Laura Greene, professor of physics at Florida State University, discussed how the Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey looks at defining the frontiers of MR, ranging from traditional materials science and engineering to condensed-matter physics.

During the session, topics included achievements and principal changes in the research and development landscape; identification of key MR areas that have major scientific gaps or offer promising investment opportunities from 2020 to 2030; and challenges that MR may face over the next decade and how those challenges might be addressed.

This study was requested by the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The National Academies will issue a report in 2018 that will offer guidance to federal agencies that support materials research, science policymakers, and researchers in materials research, and other adjoining fields. Visit www.nas.edu/materials to learn more about the study.

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