Grant helps scientists soldier on

An award of $15 million from the US Army Research Laboratory to a collaboration led by researchers at the University of Utah will facilitate the development of new, lightweight materials for military use. “We want to help the Army make advances in fundamental research that will lead to better materials to help our soldiers in the field,” says Martin Berzins, principal investigator among five faculty members working on materials for new batteries. Researchers from Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University, Brown University, the University of California, Davis, and the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, will also work on the projects from the nanoscale to the soldier scale.