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The Bioinspired Soft Materials Center

Brandeis University

The Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) seeks to create new materials that are constructed from only a few simplified components, yet capture the remarkable functionalities found in living organisms. In addition to opening new directions in materials science research, these efforts will elucidate the minimal requirements for the emergence of biological function. Our researchers combine elemental building blocks — such as motor proteins, DNA origami and filamentous virus — to understand the emergence of biomimetic functionalities that are highly sought-after in materials science and to synergistically engineer life-like materials.

Center for Precision Assembly of Superstratic and Superatomic Solids

Columbia University

This MRSEC, led by Columbia University in partnership with City College of New York, Harvard University, Barnard College, and the University of the Virgin Islands, encompasses two IRGs that build higher dimensional materials from lower dimensional structures with unprecedented levels of control.

Harvard Materials Research Center

Harvard University

The Harvard MRSEC supports world-class research, education, and outreach activities at the forefront of soft matter science. Our two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) seek to create new classes of soft functional materials and to provide new insights into the behavior of mechanically soft systems far from equilibrium, respectively.

Center for Emergent Materials

Ohio State University

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) performs innovative multidisciplinary science focused on discovery and engineering of emergent materials to enable novel phenomena and phases. CEM seeks to enhance the strong scientific community essential to the future of this endeavor through vigorous engagement in improving participation by the relatively untapped resources of women and underrepresented minorities. The CEM, established in 2008, is located at The Ohio State University and funded by a National Science Foundation MRSEC award.

Center for Nanoscale Science

Pennsylvania State University

The Center for Nanoscale Science supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts on nanoscale materials. Principal research activities are organized into two interdisciplinary research groups:  2D Polar Metals & Heterostructures and Crystalline Oxides with High Entropy.  Center-initiated programs encourage collaborative partnerships with Center faculty and user-facilities, as well as engagement in outreach, education, professional development, diversity and sustainability-focused initiatives.

Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Princeton University

Established in 1994, the Princeton Center for Complex Materials at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring the frontiers of complexity in materials science — bringing together over 30 faculty from six departments in the natural sciences and engineering. The Center supports two Interdisciplinary Research Groups that will accelerate exploration of quantum technologies and biology-inspired materials. The development of topological quantum materials is crucial for catalyzing next-generation quantum technologies for sensing, computing, and communicating. 

Center for Complex and Active Materials

University of California, Irvine

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of California, Irvine builds on UCI’s strengths in multidisciplinary science and engineering research, experiential learning, world-class facilities, and commitment to diversity. The primary mission of the Center is to establish foundational knowledge in materials science and engineering of new classes of materials offering unique and broad functionality via an interplay among design, simulation, synthesis, and advanced characterization.

UC San Diego MRSEC

University of California, San Diego

The UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center fosters research, education, and outreach across the disciplines of engineering, physical sciences, and biological sciences, with a focus on new materials and new materials properties.  It is developing two major themes: using computational models to predict and guide the self-assembly of materials from the nano- to mesoscales; and deploying the tools of synthetic biology to create soft materials that incorporate living components.

Materials Research Center

University of Chicago

The UChicago MRSEC establishes new conceptual frameworks to guide materials discovery and explores synergistic connections. The research activities are organized into two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and one SuperSeed.

Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM) is an NSF MRSEC spanning UD and several strategic external academic and national laboratory partnerships. The Center is advancing foundational understanding of new materials driven by theoretical and computational predictions paired with cutting-edge experiments to enable the integration of unconventional, ultra-small, building blocks.

UMN Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Minnesota

This multifaceted MRSEC enables important areas of future technology, ranging from applications of electrical control over materials to scale-invariant shape-filling amphiphile network self-assembly. The UMN MRSEC manages an extensive program in education and career development.

Cornell Center for Materials Research

Cornell University

The major theme of the Cornell MRSEC is mastery of materials at the atomic and molecular level.  New ways to synthesize, characterize and understand interfaces and surfaces at the atomic and molecular scales must continue to be invented and exploited to enable forefront discoveries in many fields.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Northwestern University

The Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC) advances world-class materials research, education, and outreach via active interdisciplinary collaborations within the Center and with external partners in academia, industry, national laboratories, and museums, both domestically and abroad.

Materials Research Laboratory: An NSF MRSEC

University of California at Santa Barbara

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara will carry out research within three Interdisciplinary Research Groups or IRGs. The three IRGs address fundamental problems in materials research that could not be advanced without contributions from a team of interdisciplinary and collaborative domain experts.

Illinois MRSEC

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The mission of the Illinois MRSEC is to (i) perform fundamental, innovative research, broadly centered on understanding the dynamic properties of materials, and (ii) support interdisciplinary education and training of students in materials design, understanding, and application.

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

University of Pennsylvania

The traditional home for research on materials at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) is the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM). The LRSM is an autonomous entity, with its own building and laboratory space, which was created specifically to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research on the PENN campus.

Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials

University of Texas – Austin

The Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials seeks to extend the traditional paradigm of materials research beyond the study of behavior in or near equilibrium to encompass the understanding and control of materials over extended temporal and spatial scales.

Molecular Engineering Materials Center

University of Washington

The University of Washington Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) is forging new materials-research frontiers through team-based development of novel electronic and photonic materials relevant to future high-tech applications.

Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Wisconsin MRSEC) brings together teams of researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to address a critical void in knowledge involving disordered materials, and the emergence of order from disordered materials.