Materials & Manufacturing Sciences

Materials Research Campaign Plan

Materials Research is focused on fundamental research for scientific discovery and innovative problem-solving to provide superior materials and devices needed to achieve lasting strategic land power dominance through Structural Materials, Electronics, Photonics, Energy and Power, Biotechnology and Bioinspired, High Strain and Ballistic Materials, and Manufacturing Science, Processing and Sustainment.

MISSION: Perform fundamental interdisciplinary research in materials and manufacturing science to ensure rapid and affordable development of materials, from discovery to delivery, critical to the Army of 2030.

VISION: Discovery and unparalleled innovation of devices and Materials By-Design and On-Demand across all Army domains. Understand, exploit, and demonstrate diverse material sets with exceptional quality and capabilities relevant to the Army of 2030 via advances in manufacturing science. The desired end state is to enable the Army of 2030 to succeed in distributed operations and increasingly complex environments through realization of superior materials.

Strongly supported by these foundational pillars and key enablers, the Materials Research Campaign is flexible, agile, and Army-relevant, striving to address cross-cutting S&T challenges for Army critical applications. The areas of emphasis include Structural Materials; Electronics; Photonics; Energy and Power; Biotechnology and Bio-Inspired; Lethality and Protection; and Manufacturing Science, Processing, and Sustainment.

Structural Materials is focused on novel and specialized materials to enhance the structural efficiency and systems performance of advanced platform structures while maintaining the same or greater levels of protection compared to today's platforms.

Electronics is focused on specialized electronic materials and devices to achieve Army dominance over the entire electromagnetic spectrum, particularly in contested environments. The two primary thrusts of this area are Energy Efficient Electronics and Hybrid Electronics. Energy Efficient Electronics is focused on low-power-demand electronic components having increased performance capabilities; and Hybrid Electronics focuses on high performance, conformable, and flexible electronics for advanced sensors and processors.

Photonics is focused on materials and devices for photonic sensors and sources; scalable high energy lasers; secure communications via quantum networking; and protection of sensors and human eyes against high power and short pulse laser threats.

Energy and Power is focused on materials and devices for more efficient power generation; energy storage; energy harvesting; fuel processing; micropower; and novel alternative energy solutions at lower cost.

Biotechnology and Bio-Inspired is focused on new biological materials derived through synthetic biology as well as classical approaches. Novel biological materials are combined with inorganic devices to sense chemical and biological agents; generate power from organic sources; and produce materials to create new protection designs inspired by nature.

High Strain Rate and Ballistic Materials is focused on novel and specialized materials to enhance the performance and efficiency of Army weapons and protection systems including lightweight, extreme performance materials; novel energetic materials; and energy absorbing materials.

Manufacturing Science, Processing, and Sustainment is focused on discovery, innovation, and maturation of manufacturing innovations to facilitate agile, adaptive, mobile processing and manufacturing capabilities to enable superior performance and implementation of cost reduction methodologies. Sustainability is focused on understanding material properties and degradation mechanisms to improve durability of Army systems in extreme environments.


Last Update / Reviewed: February 5, 2015