Discovering new materials and improving our control of the structure and properties of known materials are keys to the continued growth of our economy and our ability to improve life and health for future generations. Airplanes, appliances, computers, automobiles, smartphones, and just about everything else we use are combinations of metals, ceramics, polymers, and natural materials such as cellulose. As consumer demands and competitive requirements drive more complex, higher-efficiency, and enhanced-performance materials solutions, we continue to push the frontiers of the physical limitations of many of the materials in use today.
The core role of materials research and development in addressing this grand challenge of new and improved materials that can provide a technology leadership position in advanced manufacturing is recognized by the federal Materials Genome Initiative. It is also supported by the industry-led initiative in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.
New concepts are often birthed in the research laboratory with the potential to generate game-changing, disruptive technologies that affect new generations of products, ranging from microelectronic sensors and communication devices, to energy harvesting systems, to mobile devices for energy conversion and storage, to sustainable transportation systems. Novel methodologies and modes of collaboration to accelerate the pace of evaluating and translating these technologies into industry practice are key ingredients that play into Georgia Tech’s strengths in fundamental research and industry-relevant development.
The Institute for Materials is positioned to amplify the impact of Georgia Tech's research infrastructure through its shared resources and materials innovation initiatives, constructing a foundation to support distributed, collaborative materials research and education for the 21st century.
The Institute for Materials brings value to internal and external stakeholders by:
- Fostering integrative linkages to equipment and shared user resources such as the Materials Characterization Facility.
- Supporting cross-cutting, large scale research proposal development.
- Building new modes for networking and e-collaboration in materials discovery and development. http://acceleratornetwork.org
- Enhancing collaboration at the seams of core strengths in materials research and grand challenge problems through workshops, team-building, and seed funding.
- Helping to form strategic partnerships with industry, academia, and government.
- Building strategic partnerships with industry, academia and government aimed at accelerating the pace of materials discovery and development
- Supporting forward-looking initiatives in interdisciplinary research and education program development.