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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UTK-MRSEC), the Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (CAMM), brings together experts from diverse fields to make groundbreaking discoveries materials for future quantum technologies, and advanced materials for extreme conditions, which are crucial for energy, transport, and security. We utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) in tandem with experiment, synthesis, and modeling. At the core of CAMM is a culture of research, innovation, and learning. CAMM is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and works closely with minority serving institutions in the Southeast US to address the lack of diversity in STEM fields.



CAMM has two interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). IRG 1 is dedicated to accelerating the understanding and design of quantum materials and systems, where AI plays a crucial role in their understanding and control. Outcomes include the design of materials for energy harvesting, low-power electronics, quantum computing, and novel sensing applications. Our second IRG focuses on developing materials that can withstand extreme temperatures and pressure needed for nuclear fusion and hypersonic defense systems.  These applications require high-performance structural materials not available today, and CAMM researchers uncover new paradigms and enhance material properties.

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Guest Research Program

In partnership with the University of Tennessee Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, CAMM established the Materials Research Facilities Network (MRFN) Guest Research Program. This program aims to promote and foster partnerships between CAMM researchers and faculty from regional undergraduate institutions who are actively engaged in research through funding instrument usage and staff support at CAMM.

Awards will cover up to $5,000 in user and support staff fees for research at CAMM. Travel and lodging expenses are not included. Remote access can be arranged in select cases, but onsite engagement with CAMM faculty and staff is strongly encouraged. Demonstration of existing and/or complementary research support will be considered favorably.

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Partnership Opportunities

The center provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral trainees, to prepare for careers as researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in academia, industry, and national laboratories. These students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in AI-enabled discovery and innovation.

CAMM is an important center for advancing scientific knowledge and innovation in the country. We offer mechanisms for collaborative research and technology translation though our SEED program. as well as access to unique research resources and shared facilities in AI and extreme conditions making it an important center for advancing scientific knowledge and innovation in the country.

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NSF Acknowledgement

The University of Tennessee Materials Research Science & Engineering Center – The Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing – is supported by the National Science Foundation under DMR No. 2309083