Yang and Jen Participate in Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Krishnan

Jihui Yang



Alex Jen

According to the White House Office of Science & Technology, The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) last month announced more than $25 million of funding for innovative materials-science research projects. The research awards are a significant milestone for the Obama Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)—a collaborative effort of public, private, and academic leaders to make the discovery, development, and deployment of cutting-edge materials faster and cheaper than ever before.  The MGI seeks to capitalize on new and sophisticated computer modeling technologies, next-generation experimental tools, and broader access to scientific data about materials to achieve the goal of faster and cheaper new materials.  For more information about MGI, go to the Whitehouse.gov website.


Included in the MGI initiative is an NSF-sponsored grant to MSE Profs. Jihui Yang and Alex Jen to develop high efficiency thermoelectric composites that builds on computational tools, surface modification and bulk consolidation techniques, and nano-to-continuum scale characterization methodologies being developed at the University of Washington and General Motors Technical Center; and apply these to the critical problem of designing and developing high efficiency thermoelectric composites.


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