General Motors Corp. has launched a major materials research effort with Brown University in Providence, RI, dubbed “from atoms to autos.” The lab, funded with a $3 million check from GM, will combine research in solid mechanics and materials and will allow new materials with superior performance to be developed beginning at the atomic level, explains engineering Dean Rodney J. Clifton. “We're also interested in this relationship beyond just the materials, explains GM's Kathleen Taylor, ...

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