Clients include National Laboratories, Universities, Government agencies and commercial organizations. MDI specializes in solving complex problems in applied glass materials and extreme environment materials handling.

MDI is dedicated to helping its clients add value to materials-related technologies. MDI's skillbase includes novel glass materials synthesis, development, characterization, process design and analysis.

MDI can help you solve your materials development and instrumentation problems.

MDI is an Illinois corporation founded in 2006. The company has facilities in Evanston, IL, USA.

Glass samples levitating in MDI's Conical Nozzle Levitator (HT-CNL™).

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Logo for MDI's SuperGlass experiment on the International Space Station. This  project is investigating glass formation and the properties of liquids in experiments that use the  Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF). Please see link  here for additional details.


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Materials Development, Inc. (MDI) provides instrumentation and materials support centered around containerless processing, specifically using acoustic levitation and aerodynamic levitation techniques. We offer a commercial line of acoustic levitators and aerodynamic levitators designed for an ever expanding range of sample compositions and processing environments.

MDI's mission is to provide the highest quality instrumentation, materials development and technical support services to clients who need to process materials in extreme, non-equilibrium or non-contact environments. We work with clients with basic research on liquids and  glasses. MDI's scientific and technical expertise sets us apart, allowing our team to solve difficult materials handling and processing problems. The solutions we develop and implement add value to our customers' existing products and accelerate the realization of new, competitive products.