NW IMPACT (Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology)


From the stone age to the silicon age, innovations throughout history have relied on advances in materials science and technology. To accelerate the pace of those advances, NW IMPACT brings together the passion, resources, and expertise of PNNL and the UW to carry out joint research in the science of making materials and to educate the next generation of scientists.

NW IMPACT achieves its mission through collaborative research programs carried out in shared facilities at both sites, while also engaging UW students.

With an initial focus on energy materials, NW IMPACT benefits and leverages DOE Basic Energy Sciences programs in materials science and UW's Washington State-funded Clean Energy Institute. Future focus areas include medicine, information technology, transportations, and telecommunications.

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Advisory Board

  • Suresh Baskaran – Director, Research Partnerships, PNNL
  • Michael B. Bragg – Dean, School of Engineering, UW
  • Bruce Clemens – Director, The Clemens Group, Stanford University
  • Jun Liu – Division Director, Energy Processes and Materials, Energy and Environment Directorate, PNNL
  • Daniel Schwartz – Office of Research Liaison to PNNL, UW
  • Robert Stacey – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UW
  • Louis Terminello – Associate Laboratory Director, Physical and Computational Sciences, PNNL
  • Matt Tirrell – University of Chicago, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Chief Research Officer, and Manager of the Laboratory-Directed Research and Development program, Argonne National Laboratory

University of Washington Faculty Visioning Committee

  • Bruce Hinds, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Xiaosong Li, Chemistry
  • Jim Pfaendtner, Chemical Engineering
  • Jerry Seidler, Physics