Frontiers of Materials Research: New Report Feb. 8

Advances in materials science and engineering have yielded both new insights into how nature works and a range of benefits for daily life and beyond, enabling touchscreens on smartphones, lightweight armor for the military, and customizable medical implants, to note only a few examples. What research is needed to lay the groundwork for future advances and applications in consumer goods, national security, health care and other areas?

Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, responds to this question, identifying promising future directions for research in this broad field, from the most fundamental research to disruptive manufacturing. The report recommends convergent research across diverse areas that should receive investment from government and industry over the next decade in order to help secure global leadership in this field. 

Advance copies will be available to reporters only starting at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7. 

The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8. 

Reporters who wish to obtain copies should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

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