Demonstrate innovative growth processes with the atomic scale structural tailoring and tight compositional control to form materials with programmable microstructure properties and performance.
The Future force of the Army requires products that are smaller, lighter, and more portable, with enhanced multi-functionality, increased reliability, reduced power consumption, and lower cost.
The Nanotechnology Research Directions Workshop Report of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) details the need for lighter and stronger nanoscale refractory nonmetals and nanocoatings with pre-designed, programmable, and precisely customized properties and performance to meet the increasingly stringent demands of this wide array of industrial sectors. These nanomaterials must be stronger, lighter, harder, self-repairing, safer, environmentally friendly, and cost effective.
The essence of nanotechnology is the ability to žnanoengineerÓ individual material building blocks at the molecular level, atom by atom, to form refractory nanomaterials with pre-designed, programmable, and precisely customized properties and performance. The ability to fully capitalize on the tremendous potential of nanometer-scale phenomena in nanostructured fabrication technologies requires the implementation of a set of vertically integrated themes. These themes begin with the formulation of programmable material design methodologies, hybrid fabrication and integration schemes, and 3D physical prototype representations for the incorporation of refractory nanometals in emerging defense and aeronautics applications.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute