The laboratory for computational materials research at Brown University is one of several collaborative research laboratories established worldwide by General Motors to accelerate the pace of innovation in strategic technology areas.

The laboratory uses computer simulations to study  materials that are being developed for automotive applications.   The simulations are guided and verified by experiments.

At present, the lab has two focus areas: (i) Lightweight materials for enhanced performance;  (ii) Characterization of irreversible deformation and damage in Li insertion battery materials.  Previously, the lab has also worked on engineered surfaces.    

Researchers from the Materials and Processes group at General Motors, and the Solid Mechanics and Materials groups at Brown collaborate on all projects.