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Sep9-08, 05:49 AM
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The US DOE and NIST both have programs that support research into an extraordinary array of materials, their manufacture and their behavior.

The Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports a broad-based research program engaged in fundamental studies of materials sciences and engineering . The research seeks to understand the atomistic basis of materials properties and behavior and how to make materials perform better at acceptable cost through innovative materials design, synthesis, and processing. The program fulfills DOE missions by the development of materials that improve the efficiency, economy, environmental acceptability, and safety in energy generation, conversion, transmission, and utilization.

The Division consists of three teams: Scattering and Instrumentation Sciences, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, and Materials Discovery, Design and Synthesis. Together, the three teams support the following Core Research Activities (CRAs):
  • Ultrafast Science and Instrumentation
  • X-ray Scattering
  • Neutron Scattering
  • Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies
  • EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
  • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects
  • Physical Behavior of Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Biomolecular Materials
  • Synthesis and Processing Science
There is a publications page which migh be of interest.

In addition there are a number of scientific and technical societies devoted to materials, their science and engineering, and standards development.

ASM International

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