AFRL Invests in Materials Research Facility at Cornell University

Jeff Brody

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $7.1M grant to Cornell University for the establishment of a new research facility.

Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, a national physics research site, will have a new subfacility for materials research via AFRL’s support, the university said Wednesday.

CHESS offers synchrotron radiation facilities to help researchers study atomic and molecular structures across multiple scientific disciplines.

The new subfacility, named the Materials Solutions Network or MSN-C, will feature two X-ray beamlines available to material researchers from the Department of Defense. These tools would help researchers address structural and functional needs in military-grade materials.

“There is a great need for this type of research in the U.S. to keep us competitive at the global scale,” said Arthur Woll, MSN-C’s director.

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