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Microstructure – a fundamental unit of organization in materials – is arguably one of the most important physical parameters underpinning material performance. For example, the microstructure of nominally soft metals, such as copper, can be engineered to be harder and stronger than steel. At the Advanced Materials and Microstructures Lab (AMML), we are engaged in fundamental studies of microstructure in order to develop advanced materials with unprecedented performance. Our approach implements a diverse set of cutting-edge experimental and computational techniques to reveal the physical laws that determine the behavior of new materials systems.