Materials Laboratories of the Future: Instrumentation and Infrastructure to Accelerate the Unification of the Materials Innovation Infrastructure

October 17-18, 2022

The University of Chicago

David Rubenstein Forum

Sponsored by National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research (NSF DMR)

Nicholas Abbott, Chinedum Osuji and Margaret Gardel are organizing a workshop at the University of Chicago's Rubenstein Forum on October 17-18th to identify the critical gaps, essential needs, and emerging opportunities in instrumentation and infrastructure required to keep the US at the forefront of Soft Materials, Polymers and Biomaterials research in the next decade and beyond. This is one of 3 such workshops in a series entitled “Materials Laboratories of the Future: Instrumentation and Infrastructure to Accelerate the Unification of the Materials Innovation Infrastructure” sponsored by NSF DMR.

This workshop embraces the vision laid out in the updated Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Strategic Plan of November 2021, i.e., to consider tools along and beyond the entire materials development continuum: materials synthesis/processing, characterization, computation, and data curation and sharing.  The workshops will also consider the training requirements of the next generation of scientists and engineers in this area.

The workshop will engage a modest number of researchers representing a broad cross-section of the soft materials community over 1.5 days to identify existing limitations and frame new opportunities for instrumentation and infrastructure to advance the state of knowledge in soft materials. We would welcome your participation in the workshop, and invite you to submit an application to attend. If you do not plan to attend but would like to communicate your thoughts on the subject, please complete our short survey here.

Please complete the application linked below if you would like to participate in the workshop.

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