The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened a new institute to integrate materials research across the university.

The Michigan Materials Research Institute (MMRI) is funded by the university’s College of Engineering and Office of Research and will allow industry to access its materials science research covering mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, dentistry, physics, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering and aerospace engineering as well as materials science.

‘Because of the breadth of expertise at U-M, it’s important to catalyze connections between fields,’ said Alan Taub, founding director of MMRI and professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering. ‘The institute will make it easier to bring disciplines together as materials research evolves over time in response to new ideas and industry and government needs.’

Taub added that the institute was formed following the changes in materials science brought about by computational materials engineering and the increasing use of modeling tools that enable advances in materials composition, properties and processing to proceed much more quickly than in the past.

This story uses material from the University of Michigan, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.