Materials - Devices - Systems: an integrated approach

Modern academic models generally produce highly specialized research efforts. This is positive, in the sense that research groups can become leaders in their respective specializations. The negative outcome of such great specialization is that different investigators, even within the same department, increasingly find it difficult to communicate.

The nature of CEET is such that the effect of these intra- and inter-departmental barriers can be reduced, by creating an environment where common broad goals spur dialogue between researchers, and even serve to stimulate research efforts into areas not previously considered. For example, a recent proposal (see 7.2.3) merged concepts from basic electrochemistry to dynamical systems and even economics, all areas that traditionally operate in complete isolation between each other.

The beauty of the CEET concept is the natural symbiosys between the three thrusts of materials, devices and systems, meaning that there does not need to be any artificial construct to induce researchers in various areas to work together - they simply must do that to produce research products that are relevant and competitive. Moreover, a constant two-way feedback loop exists between the research areas, where each informs the other.