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Key Recommendations

The expert group identified a series of recommendations with potential to accelerate the prudent development of metamaterials:

  1. Establish a coordinated multi-agency federal research initiative focused on technologies to scale metamaterial fabrication.
  2. Leverage existing federal facilities and experts to accelerate and enhance metamaterials manufacturing innovation.
  3. Use federal resources and partnerships to expand access to critical feedstocks, such as nanomaterials and substrates, to enable metamaterials manufacturing in practice.
  4. Beyond government, create a new cross-sector advisory group to help ensure that metamaterials technologies take hold in the U.S. manufacturing industry.
  5. Create a National Center of Excellence to coordinate U.S. efforts and secure technological leadership in metamaterials manufacturing.

The real value of this work comes through the dissemination of the key recommendations identified by the advanced manufacturing community represented at the workshop. The report and summary have been shared with public and private sector stakeholders. Specifically, the MForesight published A Call to Action: Manufacturing Architected Materials in the Journal of Materials Research, hosted a panel discussion at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, and highlighted the report in a briefing on Capitol Hill.

Report Briefing: Metamaterials Manufacturing

November 29, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D
Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, Boston, MA

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The event included a panel discussion with experts:

  • Julia R. Greer, California Institute of Technology
  • Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin
  • Chris Spadaccini, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lorenzo Valdevit, University of California, Irvine
  • Jim Watkins, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Capitol Hill Briefing: Next Generation Materials for Manufacturing Competitiveness

October 3, 2018
10:30 am
2020 Rayburn House Office Building
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Manufacturing is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy and it is imperative that U.S. manufacturing remains competitive and capitalize on areas for growth and innovation. Breakthroughs in new materials technologies are a critical component of the technological advances needed to bolster next generation manufacturing in the United States. Materials technologies are involved at every step within the manufacturing process chain from novel feedstocks to shaping technologies, to advanced sensors, and ultimately, to high performing products.

Driven by insights from the U.S. advanced manufacturing community, this briefing will explore some of the most promising materials innovations that could enable the next wave of manufacturing technologies as highlighted in the recent report, Harnessing Materials Innovations to Support Next Generation Manufacturing Technologies. The briefing will highlight two promising technologies, Metamaterials and High Entropy Alloys, and explore pathways to support industrial competitiveness based on the collective voice of manufacturers, government agencies, and leading research institutions. Speakers include:

  • Sridhar Kota, Executive Director, MForesight
  • Ed Herderick, Director of Additive, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, The Ohio State University
  • Chris Spadaccini, Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dan Miracle, Chief Scientist (Acting), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory
Cube of metallic material sitting on a hand

The products we design and the performance they are capable of is limited by the materials we have available. Metamaterials are able to greatly expand the performance and combinations of properties that materials are capable of possessing, opening up a wealth of new opportunities. These advanced materials utilize an engineered micro-structure, rather than relying on chemistry alone, to provide properties and performance not found in bulk materials. The micro-structure is an arranged repeating pattern that is designed at the micro- to nano-scale. Metamaterials can exhibit extraordinary mechanical, acoustic, optical, radio, and surface properties. These materials have the potential to greatly benefit aerospace, defense, medical instrumentation, biomedical, optics, sensing, telecommunication, robotics, and an array of other industry sectors.

Lab technician examining a silicon wafer in a clean room.The understanding of metamaterials has rapidly advanced, with modeling, simulation, design tools, and basic science providing the underlying technology to develop a wealth of designs with an array of interesting and useful properties. The technical appeal of metamaterials is unquestioned; the challenge is in creating a way of mass producing these advanced materials quickly and affordably. The U.S. has a global lead in metamaterial startups, and the federal government has invested in this technology through academia, the military, and federal labs. Many lab-scale prototypes have been created that are small, and use a slow and expensive process; scalable manufacturing is what is missing.

MForesight is partnering with Dr. Chris Spadaccini from Lawrence Livermore National Labs to lead a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities for metamaterials manufacturing methods across the full range of metamaterials. MForesight workshops bring together experts from industry, academia, and government to develop recommendations for public and private stakeholders in the areas of research and development priorities, technology implementation challenges, and related policies. A report outlining the workshop findings and recommendations will be prepared in collaboration with the expert participants from the manufacturing community and disseminated with the goal of advancing U.S. competitiveness in metamaterials manufacturing.

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Marriott Washington Georgetown, Washington, DC
Monday, June 19, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast / Check-In

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Meeting Focus and Scope

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bill Carter, HRL Laboratories

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Breakout Session: Identify Key Challenges to Scalable Metamaterials Manufacturing by Function

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Breakout Session: Identify Key Challenges to Scalable Metamaterials Manufacturing by Manufacturing Method

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Report Outs and Group Discussion

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Overview of Actionable Recommendations

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions: Solutions and Recommendations

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM


4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Group Discussion of Key Actionable Items

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Photo of experts discussing metamaterials manufacturing at round tables
Keynote Speaker

Photo of Bill CarterDr. Bill Carter
Director, Sensors and Materials Laboratory
HRL Laboratories, LLC

Bill Carter is Director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He received his B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado (1990) and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (1997). He is author or co-author of over 40 refereed publications and 80 issued patents covering new materials and devices for automotive and aerospace applications.

His laboratory hosts a diverse R&D portfolio across new materials and structures for light-weight vehicles, specialty polymers and nanoscale coatings, physics-based battery diagnostics, MEMS-based position navigation and timing, and IR sensing technologies.

Steering Committee

Photo of Chris SpadacciniDr. Chris Spadaccini (Chair), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Photo of Bernard CasseDr. Bernard Casse, PARC, a Xerox company

Photo of Clara Rivero-BaleineDr. Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin

Photo of S.V. SreenivasanDr. S.V. Sreenivasan, University of Texas-Austin

Photo of John StetsonMr. John Stetson, Lockheed Martin

Photo of Jim WatkinsDr. Jim Watkins, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • Naamah Argaman – New Business Development, Applied Materials
  • Joshua Ballard – Director of Atomically Precise Manufacturing, Zyvex Labs
  • Steve Brueck – Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, University of New Mexico
  • Bill Carter – Director, Sensors and Materials Laboratory, HRL Laboratories, LLC
  • Tom Driscoll – Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Echodyne
  • Eric Gardner – Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Moxtek
  • Julia R. Greer – Professor, California Institute of Technology
  • Kevin Geary – Apertures Dept. Mgr. of Advanced Electromagnetics, HRL Laboratories, LLC
  • Michael Haberman – Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jonathan Hopkins – Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Michael Klug – VP Advanced Photonics, Magic Leap, Inc.
  • Ed Kinzel – Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Bruce Kramer – Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation
  • Henri Lezec – NIST Fellow, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST
  • Alex Liddle – Group Leader, Nanofabrication Research, NIST
  • Erik Lier – Senior Technical Fellow, Lockheed Martin
  • John Main – Program Manager, DARPA
  • Antti Makinen – Program Officer, Office of Naval Research
  • Blake Marshall – Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy
  • Theresa Mayer – Vice President for Research and Innovation, Virginia Tech
  • Geoff McKnight – Manager, Adaptive Structures, HRL Laboratories, LLC
  • Michael Molnar – Director, Office of Advanced Manufacturing, NIST
  • Brigid Mullany – Associate Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Niru Nahar – Research Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Jim Nelson – Division Scientist, 3M
  • Gregory Orris – Head of Acoustic Signal Processing and Systems Branch, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Bogdan Popa – Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • David Peters – Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs
  • Clara Rivero-Baleine – Mechanical Engineer Senior Staff, Lockheed Martin
  • Charles Rohde – Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Sridhar Seetharama – Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ryan Sekol – Senior Researcher, General Motors Research & Development
  • Kubilay Sertel – Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Chris Spadaccini – Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • S.V. Sreenivasan – Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Karl Stensvad – Research Specialist, 3M
  • Tom Tombs – Program Director, Eastman Kodak Company
  • Augustine Urbas – Research Physicist, Air Force Research Lab
  • Gerald Uyeno – Senior Engineering Fellow, Raytheon
  • Lorenzo Valdevit – Director, Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation, University of California Irvine
  • Jason Valentine – Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • John Vericella – Materials Scientist, Autodesk
  • Andrey Vyatskikh – Graduate Student, California Institute of Technology
  • Jim Watkins – Professor, University of Massachusetts
  • Alan Wineman – Professor, University of Michigan
  • Martin Wolk – Lead Research Specialist, 3M