Midsize Facilities: Infrastructure for Materials Research

Midsize Facilities: Infrastructure for Materials Research

by Committee on Smaller Facilities, Solid State Sciences Committee, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309097029

ISBN-13: 9780309097024

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: National Academies Press

Most of the instruments now used for materials research are too complex and expensive for individual investigators to own, operate, and maintain them. Consequently, they have become increasingly consolidated into multi-user, small to midsized research facilities, located at many sites around the country. The proliferation of these facilities, however, has drawn

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Most of the instruments now used for materials research are too complex and expensive for individual investigators to own, operate, and maintain them. Consequently, they have become increasingly consolidated into multi-user, small to midsized research facilities, located at many sites around the country. The proliferation of these facilities, however, has drawn calls for a careful assessment of best principles for their operation. With support from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the NRC carried out a study to characterize and discuss ways to optimize investments in materials research facility infrastructure with attention to midsize facilities. This report provides an assessment of the nature and importance of mid-sized facilities, their capabilities, challenges they face, current investment, and optimizing their effectiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309097024
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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