Advancing Nanotechnology through Innovation in Materials Engineering

The Advancing Nanotechnology through Innovation in Materials Engineering (ANIMatE) initiative combines modeling and experiments with materials design and nanomanufacturing, to enable manufacturing at the nanoscale through the innovative design of functional and structural materials at the atomistic level.

The ANIMatE initiative is driven by the college’s unique ability to respond to national scientific priorities in the materials genome and advanced manufacturing. Our faculty have recognized expertise in nanomanufacturing (homed at the NSF Nanoscale Science Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing РCHN), multiferroic and other functional materials, and computational modeling of materials; through ANIMatE these areas will be further synergized with our equally-recognized expertise in mechatronics and 3D printing.

Our unique facilities are also a competitive advantage in this area. In addition to CHN, one of the few NSF Nanoscale Science Engineering Centers, the George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center provides a range of state-of-the-art characterization facilities. Further, Northeastern is one of the five member universities of the Massachusetts Green High-performance Computing Center. Close collaborations with the Colleges of Science, Computer and Information Sciences, and Health Sciences expand the capability in terms of both facilities and expertise.

ANIMatE aims to place Northeastern at the leading front in nanotechnology through materials innovation. Already, early activities have borne fruit: Northeastern has recently served as the lead university in a consortium effort of Advanced Manufacturing led by Draper Laboratory, and also co-organized a Materials Genome Initiative Workshop with the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, hosted on campus.