MGI Accelerator Workshop

This workshop brought together 150 thought leaders and stakeholders from academia, industry and government across the USA to explore how distributed experimental, computational, and materials information infrastructure might be networked to most efficiently realize the MGI vision.

The workshop, held on June 5-6, 2014 was co-organized by Georgia Tech, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Michigan, initiated the national dialogue regarding the accelerator network concept, as highlighted in the June 24, 2013 2ndOSTP press release on the 2nd anniversary of MGI.


A set of opening plenary talks outlined the government MGI strategy, industry and academic perspectives on accelerating materials development and deployment, and the emerging materials information infrastructure. The plenary talks were followed by breakout sessions organized in broad application domains, including organic and inorganic electronics, materials for structural applications, energy storage and conversion, biomaterials, and catalysis and separations.

Breakout sessions explored and discussed three specific themes: critical issues and technology gaps, infrastructure for MGI integration, and strategy for road mapping a materials accelerator network.  High priority recommendations include a focus on education and training of the future MGI workforce, compiling a knowledge base of existing federally funded MGI-related efforts, linking physical- and cyber-infrastructure that cuts across materials classes and application domains, establish working groups and networks in and across these domains, defining effective fundamental engineering problems for each application domain to rally MGI stakeholder collaboration and networking, and establishing a distributed materials information infrastructure, including coupling with high throughput synthesis, processing, characterization, experiments, and computation.

To view workshop schedule and agenda

Attached are PDFs from our opening day speakers.

A workshop final report is here

Executive Summary is here

Many thanks to those who participated in our workshop.