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Materials Discovery & Development

Duke engineers are leaders in discovering and developing materials with desired structures and properties for diverse applications in areas such as health, computing, energy and security.


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Duke Materials Initiative

This cross-campus initiative drives materials development in areas such as soft matter, biomaterials, computational materials science, metamaterials, electronic, photonic and quantum materials and energy and sustainable materials

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Writing New Recipes for High-Performance Materials

Duke materials scientists and engineers deploy AI and other digital tools to accelerate development of new materials to harvest energy, heal the body and more

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Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility

Our NSF-sponsored SMIF offers state-of-the-art characterization, imaging and cleanroom fabrication capabilities to advance materials, devices, and integrated systems research across Duke and beyond