Volume 91 Issue 31 | pp. 25-27
Issue Date: August 5, 2013

Materials Genome Initiative

Federal program spotlights materials science, but plan for meeting its ambitious goal is still under development
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: Materials Genome Initiative, materials science

In June 2011, the White House set out an audacious goal for materials science: Cut in half the time it takes to get a newly designed material from the lab to the marketplace. Even the program’s name—the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), inspired by the massive Human Genome Project—was chosen to reflect that broad ambition.

Like its namesake, MGI is predicated on the need to understand the essential components of materials: what they are, . . .

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