U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
OIT Times: (Guest Editorial) A New Vision for Industrial Materials
March 24, 2000
By Merrill Smith,
CFCC Program Manager
Expect some exciting changes in OIT materials programs later this spring. The existing materials programs (Advanced Industrial Materials and Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites or CFCCs) are merging to become one. This new program, Industrials Materials of the Future (IMF) will allow for a more congruous materials program. All advanced materials R&D, regardless of material type, will be conducted through one program.
This improved materials program will play a critical role in assisting Industries of the Future (IOFs). Anyone familiar with the various industry roadmaps knows that advanced materials are among the most critical needs in achieving industriestechnology objectives. The new IMF plan will further align the materials program with the other OIT programs and should be more user friendly. Look for the first changes to take place soon. There will be a combined review of all OIT materials projects later this summer. There will be a solicitation for new materials R&D proposals that support the IOFs later this year.
In addition, look for the informative new publications listed below which will support and provide guidance for the new IMF program:
- Advanced Structural Ceramics
Technology Roadmap (late spring/summer 2000)
- Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites Program Plan
Update, Accomplishments and Program Completion Roadmaps (January 2000)