Modern materials science builds on knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer and data science, and engineering sciences to enable us to understand, control, and expand the material world. Although it is anchored in inquiry-based fundamental science, materials research is strongly focused on discovering and producing reliable and economically viable materials, from super alloys to polymer composites, that are used in a vast array of products essential to today’s societies and economies.
Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey is aimed at documenting the status and promising future directions of materials research in the United States in the context of similar efforts worldwide. This third decadal survey in materials research reviews the progress and achievements in materials research and changes in the materials research landscape over the last decade; research opportunities for investment for the period 2020-2030; impacts that materials research has had and is expected to have on emerging technologies, national needs, and science; and challenges the enterprise may face over the next decade.
Table of Contents
|1 Brief Survey of Developments over the Decade||9-16|
|2 Progress and Achievements in Materials Research over the Past Decade||17-73|
|3 Materials Research Opportunities||74-113|
|4 Research Tools, Methods, Infrastructure, and Facilities||114-155|
|5 National Competitiveness||156-174|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||177-177|
|Appendix B: Town Halls||178-178|
|Appendix C: Committee and Staff Biographical Information||179-186|
|Appendix D: Acronyms||187-194|
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