Materials Synthesis and Performance

Materials Synthesis and Performance

There is a long road from the discovery of fundamental scientific principles to the implementation of new concepts and materials that impact energy, technology, and the human condition. Approaches must be found to create efficiently the materials underlying new technologies, including further scientific breakthroughs in processes such as catalysis and separations. Characteristics of novel materials must be understood under relevant operating conditions, including the degradation and failure mechanisms over time in service. Appropriate interfaces must be designed that enable these new materials to work synergistically in functional assemblies. The unique capabilities of neutron scattering to reveal time-resolved and energy-dependent responses of materials in practical configurations under extreme conditions are critical to the discovery and development of new materials with direct impact on our daily lives.

Research in this area directly addresses two science challenges:

  • How do we design and perfect atom- and energy-efficient synthesis of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties?
  • How do we characterize and control matter away – especially very far away – from equilibrium?