"Materials for the 21st Century: The thrill of Discovery and Innovation"

Ward Plummer, Professor
Louisiana State University


I will begin this presentation by discussing the role of advanced materials in your every day life, and the societal needs for new materials for the 21st century. I will use several Nobel Prizes to illustrate the difference between discovery and innovation. Finally, I will use my “crystal ball” to predict what you will see or could be part of, related to discovery and innovation of new materials.