The mission of the Multifunctional Materials Branch is to conduct basic and applied research on materials, components, and systems to understand the interplay between the structural and functional properties of metal alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Specific research areas include: understanding and control of atomic scale ordering, material phases, and microstructures for dielectric, magnetic, superconducting, structural, and multifunctional materials; developing innovative processing, joining, fabrication, and prototyping techniques; developing advanced experimental and computational techniques to characterize and predict fundamental material properties across length scales in two and three dimensions; developing predictive performance modeling and measurement techniques for mechanical, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, and biomechanical systems in their operational environments; and promoting rapid insertion of advanced materials and prototypes into Navy and Marine Corps systems.