BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, or EMRM, conducted its biennial Research Management Board review Jan. 26 at Johns Hopkins University. More than 80 people participated in the meeting, including principal investigators and students from consortium universities, and researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

The RMB review focused on scientific discoveries in the areas of protection, electronic and energetic materials. Protection materials under investigation include metals, ceramics and composites.

Electronic materials being studied are electrochemical energy devices, hybrid photonic materials and heterogeneous electronics. Computational modeling efforts to advance the development of novel materials that support Army platform requirements were highlighted.

The RMB is co-chaired by ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti and Dr. Kimberly Sablon, director of Basic Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). The board included senior executives from ARL, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The EMRM is comprised of the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments, known as MEDE, and Multi-Scale Modeling of Electronic Materials, or MSME, collaborative research alliances and ARL's internal energetics program. The MEDE and MSME CRAs are led by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Utah respectively and includes a consortium of over 20 universities.

The Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials includes two of the five ARL sponsored collaborative research alliances. These highly collaborative partnerships between ARL and academia, bring together world class research that support essential research areas.

Officials said the alliances are critical to the advancing basic research which will lead to the transitioning of innovative technologies to the warfighter to enable the Army's future force.

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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.