An understanding of the signatures generated in the production and weaponization of nuclear material and other high-value materials is paramount to our ability to detect and characterize nuclear proliferation activities. Advanced manufacturing techniques have the potential to disrupt our understanding via new proliferant pathways. A specially trained workforce knowledgeable in state-of-the- art synthesis, manufacturing, and materials characterization techniques is required to understand the complex properties of nuclear materials, their evolving applications, and the harsh environments in which they are used.

Focus Area Co-Lead : P. Hosemann, University of California, Berkeley

Focus Area Co-Lead : J. Stubbins, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana