Computer-Aided Materials Design Program
Advances in theory (e.g., classical, quantum and statistical mechanics), along with computing hardware and software, now make it possible to identify molecules and materials and to compute some of their expected properties, even before actual synthesis and processing have been carried out. With computer-aided design, ONR believes that fundamental science can be explored, the cost of research and development can be substantially lowered, and, in the process, optimally designed materials can be derived.
What We Fund
The Computer-Aided Materials Design (CAMD) program funds research projects in materials design. Approximately 20% of its core budget does that. However, we are cognizant that the tools needed to design materials do not yet exist or are only in their nascent state of development. Accordingly, about 80% of the core budget is focused on tools needed to design materials. New theories, new algorithms and new computational protocols are important to us.
Topics and Disciplines
The CAMD program is dynamic and changes over time. The current instantiation consists of four main thrusts: (i) mathematics; (ii) informatics; (iii) high throughput screening concepts (experiment and computational); (iv) multi-scale modeling. Researchers in the following disciplines are currently supported but there are no bounds on this: Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering (chemical, mechanical, electrical).
Types of Materials
The CAMD program does not focus on a single class of material. Any material, with the exception of pharmaceuticals, is within the program scope. Current projects include polymers and polymer composites; alloys, ceramics, glasses. Both structural and functional materials are covered. This program often co-funds research projects with other program officers at ONR.
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