Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF),
Director of Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
Dr. John Schlueter joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in December 2013 as a Program Director in the Division of Materials Research, Directorate of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, where he manages the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program. DMREF is the primary program by which the NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). He received his B.S. from Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN) in 1987 with majors in Chemistry and Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He then earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 1992 under the direction of thesis advisor Prof. Tobin Marks. After spending three years as a Postdoctoral Chemist at Argonne National Laboratory with Dr. Jack Williams, he became an Assistant Chemist in the Chemistry and Materials Science Divisions in 1995 and was promoted to Chemist in 1999. Schlueter’s experimental research includes the guided synthesis, crystallization, and characterization of molecule-based materials with emergent electronic and/or magnetic properties, including the development of multifunctional materials with applications in magnetism, superconductivity, spintronics, and multiferroics. Through the use of intermolecular interactions, such as hydrogen bonds, he has discovered new classes of superconductors and investigated pressure-induced phase transitions in magnetic coordination polymers. Dr. Schlueter was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2015. He has chaired and serves on the Advisory Boards for several international conferences. Schlueter has co-authored over 330 publications (H-index 36) and delivered in excess of 75 invited presentations and seminars at international conferences and institutions. He has mentored 6 postdoctoral scholars and over 75 undergraduate students.
THE MATERIALS GENOME INITIATIVE (MGI) AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF): DESIGNING MATERIALS TO REVOLUTIONIZE AND ENGINEER OUR FUTURE
DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” DMREF integrates materials discovery, development, property optimization, and systems design and optimization, with each employing a toolset to be developed within a materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will synergistically integrate advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques to revolutionize our approach to materials science and engineering.