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Materials Success Stories

Postcards that highlight the value of materials successes driven by federal research investment, and call for continued support.

  • Power Electronics

    December 2020

    Technologies such as 5G, electric vehicles, and a secure electric grid all require power electronics to control electric power through converters, switches, and amplifiers. Semiconductor materials are critical components, and continued development of wide- and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors will significantly reduce power consumption and boost device performance.

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  • LED Lighting

    December 2020

    Light emitting diode (LED) technology improves lighting efficiency by 10x over conventional incandescent bulbs and
    4x over compact fluorescent lamps. With policies that support adoption, the Department of Energy estimates savings of 348 TWh of energy by 2027, equivalent to 44 large (1000 MW) power plants.

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  • Diamond-like Carbon

    May 2020

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) constitutes a class of super hard to semi-soft carbon coatings with a market value of over $1 billion and is now seeing increased use in automotive racing, medical tools, electronics, and packaging industries.

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  • 2D Materials

    May 2020

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials are an emerging class of ultrathin materials with applications spanning several important sectors.  These materials are still largely in the fundamental research stage and are expected to have a market value of over $300 million by 2027 as developments lead to commercial applications.

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