Materials Laboratories of the Future

The NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) is sponsoring a series of workshops entitled "Materials Laboratories of the Future: Instrumentation and Infrastructure to Accelerate the Unification of the Materials Innovation Infrastructure."

These workshops will identify critical gaps, essential needs, and emerging opportunities in instrumentation and infrastructure that will need to be addressed in order to keep the United States at the forefront of materials research in the next decade and beyond.

The workshops embrace the vision laid out in the updated Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Strategic Plan of November 2021, i.e., to continue to expand the reach of the Materials Innovation Infrastructure into all materials properties, synthesis, processing, and manufacturing methods while reducing barriers to the integration of data and use of these tools. The workshops will also consider the training requirements of the next generation of scientists and engineers in the respective areas.

The workshops will consist of a mix of talks by a group of invited experts and panel discussions. More information about the planned workshops, their aims, and how to register can be found in the Table below.

Workshop Webpage Dates Location Meeting Format Application & Deadline
Soft Materials, Polymers and Biomaterials October 17-18th, 2022 University of Chicago Hybrid
(In-person &
Apply here by
September 23rd,
Alloys, Amorphous and Composite Materials November 7-8th, 2022 University of Chicago Hybrid
Apply here by
September 30th,
Materials with Long-range Order November 16-17th, 2022 Zoom Virtual Only Submit ideas and
contributions through
this web-form by
October 15th.
Attendance is by
invitation selected
based on responses