Scope and Goals of IIMEC
The International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (IIMEC) is an NSF-funded International Material Institute, recently established at Texas A&M University, in partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology , the University of Houston and international research collaborators at universities in North Africa, the Middle East, and Mediterranean countries.
The vision of the IIMEC is to create an active network of materials researchers, facilities and cyber infrastructure in the Middle East-Mediterranean region, focusing on transformative research on multifunctional materials exhibiting strong coupling among different fields, resulting in various forms of efficient energy conversion. By bringing high quality research and education programs on materials to the selected international regions, IIMEC will improve the utilization of natural resources and bring balance between renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Such efforts will ultimately contribute to the peace, stability, and sustainability of resources in the region.
The mission of IIMEC is to establish a communications, knowledge-base and computational/laboratory grid that will:
- Advance research in multifunctional materials for efficient energy conversion.
- Provide students and faculty from the US and participating countries with global research and international leadership experience.
- Contribute to the transformation and advancement of materials education in all participating countries.
The research of the IIMEC has an overarching theme of computational materials science for multifunctional materials, which serves three specific research theme areas:
- Coupling of thermal/magnetic and mechanical properties.
- Coupling of electrical and mechanical properties.
- Thermal and electrical, and optical and electrical coupling.
The intellectual merit of this institute originates from the fact that IIMEC will bring together leading researchers in computational and multifunctional materials from the region and provide a new level of infrastructure to enable collaboration among these researchers with the purpose of modeling and predicting cross-coupling of multiple functionalities, eventually leading to design of new multifunctional materials with high energy conversion efficiencies.