Materials Development

ARI improves the performance of material systems through the development, design, processing and characterization of polymers, biomaterials, nanocomposites and metals.


  • Leverage a fundamental understanding of materials to tailor the chemistry, composition, and processing approach to design or improve the performance of materials systems
  • Incorporate design and manufacturing considerations early in the materials development process to achieve cost, quality, and performance objectives and accelerate product development

Focus Areas

  • Development and qualification of new materials for polymer and metal additive manufacturing
  • Processing and performance characterization of advanced paints and coatings
  • Development and processing of high-strength, lightweight materials
  • Application of surface modification technologies to improve performance
  • Design and processing of self-assembled materials that demonstrate a viable path for achieving scalability
  • Evaluation and validation of hydrophilic polymers as biomaterials

To learn more, contact Nicole Johnson, ARI Directing Manager.

Our Team

Associate Director for Manufacturing Science
Senior Research Scientist
Senior Research Engineer
Senior Research Engineer
Senior Research Scientist

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