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Center for Complex and Active Materials

University of California, Irvine

UCI MRSEC (CCAM) is committed to developing a thriving research hub in the Southern California academic-industry ecosystem for materials discovery and innovation. The Center provides opportunities for technology transfer to industry through groundbreaking research and training of young materials scientists and engineers for successful career pathways and through engagement with an established industrial advisory board (IAB).

Center for Emergent Materials

Ohio State University

The Center for Emergent Materials at Ohio State University focuses on interactions with industry and National Labs through scientist-to-scientist collaborations and through frequent events that provide opportunities for our students to interact with representatives of these companies and institutions.  One area of focus is on collaborations with researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in nearby Dayton, OH.  CEM has organized collaborations of nearby MRSECs to hold Industry Days that attract a larger slate of industry and national lab reps than we are able to attract for a single center.  As a virtual event this is simpler to organize and much valued by students.

UC San Diego MRSEC

University of California, San Diego

UC San Diego MRSEC collaborates with its industry, academic, national laboratory, international, and other partners to 1) Augment the quality of research by filling key gaps in expertise and capabilities, 2) Identify new and emerging challenges within the IRG research domains, 3) Enhance the educational experience of MRSEC trainees with external activities aligned with IRG research themes, and 4) Ensure that fundamental materials discoveries of the MRSEC are impactful and are broadly disseminated to the research and technology communities worldwide.

University of Washington Molecular Engineering Materials Center

University of Washington

MEM·C is growing and supporting ties with industry and national laboratories through a suite of center-level initiatives. Through these activities, the Center aims to: (i) streamline the exchange of ideas, personnel, and technical capabilities; (ii) accelerate the translation of new materials, technologies, and expertise; (iii) promote opportunities for research collaborations and trainee placement; (iv) prepare MEM·C trainees to meet the full array of 21st-century industry and societal needs.

University of Delaware Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Delaware

Established in the Spring of 2019 as a research unit within the College of Engineering of the University of Delaware, the Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP) serves to collaboratively advance transformative polymers and soft materials research by leveraging the burgeoning excellence of UD faculty, students, staff, and outside partnerships in this fast-growing and highly-interdisciplinary field.  CRiSP’s vision is to become a world leader of vital next-generation materials and technologies, and our goal is to have a sustained impact on infrastructure, science, and technology at the University, in the region, and throughout the world.  The center includes world-recognized faculty in polymers and soft materials (including National Academy Members, journal editors, scientific society presidents, national award winners, national advisory board members), and leverages a close proximity to global leaders in the chemical industry, national laboratories, and government agencies.

Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Princeton University

The PCCM industrial outreach program targets companies that overlap with research underway in the IRGs and seeds. Areas of particular interest include magnetic and semiconductor materials, molecular interfaces, self-assembled nanostructure and quantum materials and structures. In coordination with the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), we are able to expand our industrial collaborations. PRISM reflects a major commitment by Princeton University to explore the science and technology of materials, and builds in forging collaborations with industry to develop a host of new products and technologies. PCCM makes use of the PRISM industrial affiliates program to offer a multi-tiered, flexible membership agreement with categories of general member, partner, affiliate and non-profit/government.

University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Minnesota

Formal interactions with the corporate sector are organized primarily through the UMN Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME). IPRIME is an innovative, broad-based industrial partners program that provides member companies first-hand access to students and shared knowledge generated by a suite of research programs, including those with MRSEC funding. A principal goal of IPRIME is the engagement of industrial scientists and engineers in a pre-competitive, nonproprietary, and collaborative environment, so as to foster knowledge transfer with industry as a mutually beneficial two-way exchange of information. For more information on the UMN MRSEC industrial partnership with IPRIME, visit the IPRIME website.

Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The I-MRSEC has established close collaborations with industry and national labs, to expedite adoption of ground breaking technologies, stimulate new ideas, and also to provide career training opportunities for MRSEC participants. Collaborations with companies such as Western Digital, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, IBM, and Lam have enriched research activities, as well as helped prepare MRSEC students and postdocs for industry career paths through interactive events and seminars. National lab collaborations include nearby Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Lab, Army Research Laboratory, US Naval Research Lab, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NIST, and NREL; these connections have helped create valuable career panels and seminars on this career path as well. The I-MRSEC also hosts interactive events on campus for materials characterization companies and local industry during an interactive poster session each summer at the start of MRL’s annual Advanced Materials Characterization workshop.

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

University of Pennsylvania

The LRSM is deeply committed to exchange, cooperation, and partnership with “materials” organizations outside of Penn, especially from Industry, National Labs, and Academe. The MRSEC partners with these disparate groups to enrich the materials community. MRSEC faculty members partner via grass-roots interactions that span from topical symposia to exchange of samples for study & characterization and lead to joint publications. Faculty solicit sponsored research agreements with industry that sometimes give rise to joint patents and to start-up companies.

Center for Dynamics and | Control of Materials: CDCM an NSF MRSEC

University of Texas – Austin

The CDCM Industry-University Nexus will pair Center graduate students and postdocs with an industry or other professional mentor. The goal of this relationship is to expose Center participants to the importance of fundamental research as it relates to economic and societal development.

University of Wisconsin MRSEC

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Wisconsin MRSEC runs the Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC) to encourage and facilitate interactions between experts in advanced materials research and materials and manufacturing businesses as well as a Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network (RM2N) to connect the University of Wisconsin System’s resources in materials and manufacturing to benefit regional industry.

University of California Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory

University of California at Santa Barbara

Interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative, the MRL is one of the most productive research centers in the world. The MRL operates as an “open” laboratory with shared resources and spaces creating an environment where dialogue can lead to discovery.

Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science

Pennsylvania State University

The outreach and knowledge transfer of the Center with industry is driven primarily through research collaborations between its members with scientists and engineers in corporate research laboratories. Many members of the Penn State MRSEC have such collaborations.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

The NU-MRSEC provides the physical and intellectual infrastructure to nucleate collaborative opportunities in materials research both on and off the Northwestern campus, and leverages its diverse portfolio of research into new educational and commercial opportunities. Working with the Center Director and faculty, MRSEC Industrial Outreach Director, Emily Weiss leads center-wide efforts to coordinate and actively engage in partnerships with industry and other sectors.

Harvard University

Harvard University

The Harvard MRSEC has built very extensive ties with industry, both large companies and small startups, and with local, national and international companies. Industrial partnerships provide important stimulus for problems that are addressed within the MRSEC, and allow the researchers to gain direct experience with this important sector of the economy and the research enterprise.

Cornell Center for Materials Resarch

Cornell University

The CCMR Industrial Partnerships program helps companies of all sizes solve science-driven challenges by offering access to world-class subject matter experts and state-of-the-art equipment in order to create novel products, explore new markets, and grow. CCMR offers eight different programs that facilitate transfer of technical innovation from Cornell research laboratories to industrial application, with matching funds available to companies per program guidelines.

Chicago Materials Research Center

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago MRSEC’s Collaboration with Industry, National Laboratories, and other Sectors has four primary goals: (i) to engage industry, national laboratories, and international institutions in collaborative research to ensure open lines of communication and the fruitful exchange of ideas, (ii) to disseminate MRSEC research results and expertise to those who can best use them, (iii) to expand opportunities for MRSEC students, supplementing their scientific training with training in entrepreneurship, innovation and cultural competence, and (iv) to increase our awareness of new opportunities.