Grand challenges are ambitious but achievable imperatives that demand the attention of policy and investment in science, technology, and innovation to solve important national and international problems. They capture the imagination in terms of what the future may hold and how we can affect it. Grand challenges are an element of the President’s Strategy for American Innovation because they help catalyze breakthroughs that advance national priorities.
The essential role of materials research in developing 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.
Materials research at Georgia Tech is comprehensive, addressing the major technologies that can improve our lives in the next century and beyond. It ranges from advances in polymers and macromolecules, to nanostructures and materials for engineered devices, to materials and interfaces for catalysis and separations, to functional electrodes for batteries and fuel cells, to functional photonic and electronic materials, to advanced structural materials, to name a few.
There are six distinctive areas in which Georgia Tech’s materials research strengths address today’s grand challenges: