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Center for Hierarchical Materials Design Announced

Posted on: 12/03/2013
A consortium led by Northwestern University will establish a new center of excellence for advanced materials research, focused on developing the next generation of computational tools, databases, and experimental techniques to enable the design of novel materials. The Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) is supported by $25 million award ($5 million per year over five years) from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“Building on a long history of collaborations with NIST researchers, the center will bring together the next generation of state-of-the-art computational methods, curated materials databases, and novel integrated experimental methods to design new materials,” said Peter W. Voorhees, the Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern, co-director of the center, and a 2013 TMS Fellow.

“This center will build the primary foundation of the U.S. Materials Genome Initiative,” added Gregory B. Olson, the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern, and another TMS member who is a center co-director.

Other members of the CHiMaD consortium include the University of Chicago, the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (a partnership between Northwestern and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory) and the Computation Institute (a partnership between the University of Chicago and Argonne).

The consortium plans to work closely with QuesTek Innovations, a small business spin-off of Northwestern, co-founded by Olson, as well as ASM International; and Fayetteville State University.

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