Tyrel McQueen to Lead PARADIM at JHU

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Congratulations to Professor Tyrel McQueen, who will lead a new JHU effort to establish a “cutting-edge crystal growth facility as part of a national research project meant to revolutionize technology used in consumer products, industry and medicine.”

PARADIM—Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis and Discovery of Interface Materials—will be funded as part of the National Science Foundation’s new Materials Innovation Platform program. The NSF will provide $25 million over five years to four partner institutions: JHU, Cornell, Princeton, and Clark Atlanta universities, with $4.8 million coming to JHU.

PARADIM will add to Hopkins’ strong efforts and national leadership in materials science, including research programs in Chemistry and across JHU. “Future technologies will also depend on making new materials with new properties—we need better materials for catalysts and batteries, for example, and better materials for medical implants,” said McQueen, who will be director of the new bulk crystal growth facility. “Scientists will develop their capacity to discover new materials and coax them into growing as large crystals suitable for fundamental studies and technological applications.”