Materials & Manufacturing Sciences Opportunities

Active Materials

Focus on new materials and devices, such as electro-optical shutters, fast tunable metamaterial-based filters, and/or tunable obscurants that are triggered to counter the threat of wavelength agile lasers.


Capacitors are used in a number of Army applications including load leveling, power conditioning, and high power directed energy applications.

Emerging Materials

Explore new materials and create new computational capabilities based upon fundamental concepts derived from studies of structure, process, and property relationships at the microscopic and nanostrucural levels.

Extreme Light

Focuses on research on extreme light, meaning the examination of light in the extreme limits, such as the shortest pulses attainable and the highest intensity fields attainable.

Material Integration

The integration of biologically derived particles and small molecule additives into traditional polymer processing technology will be examined to understand the limitations and opportunities offered by these new production methods.  New bioderived

PCC Sensor Materials

Fulfill the need for real-time, specific, wearable biosensors by addressing critical gaps in reagent chemistry for increased adaptability, manufacturability, and stability.  This will enable real-time monitoring of soldiers for performance applica

Precision Materials

Explore new biology-based methods for controlled synthesis and assembly to create materials with precise chemistries, microstructures, properties, and responsive functionalities through controlled molecular placement, spatial architectures, and in