Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology


Advances in materials science have provided the foundation for new technologies throughout human history. From stone to metal to silicon and beyond, these advances drive economic development.

The Pacific Northwest region has significant strengths in materials science, particularly in two of its largest research institutions, UW and PNNL.

By combining their strengths, and promoting materials science throughout the region, NW IMPACT will enhance education and drive advances in materials science, clean energy, sustainability, economic competitiveness, and workforce development.

Mission: Accelerate transformative advances in technology through the science of making materials. This approach will enable the predictive design of materials, drive discoveries, and lead to new technologies.

Vision: Make the Northwest the nation's leader in research and workforce development for creating next-generation materials.

With the collective strengths of PNNL and UW, NW IMPACT is expected to make materials discoveries that could catalyze new industries, while also attracting top scientific talent to the region.

Focusing initially on materials for energy conversion and storage, NW IMPACT benefits and leverages DOE Basic Energy Sciences programs in materials science and UW's Washington State-funded Clean Energy Institute.

Future targets include materials for clean water separations; quantum materials and information technology; biomimetic materials and biomedicine; transportation; manufacturing; and telecommunications.

NW IMPACT was launched in January 2018 — See the news release, Tri-City Herald story and videos.

View the NW IMPACT flier.

View the Information Workshop slides.