The MRSEC program currently supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). NU-MRSEC understands, creates, and develops materials with new properties by combining different organic and inorganic materials into nanoscale hybrids where charge and energy transfer might be controlled independently (IRG 1), by combining different elements to create oxide materials that are both transparent and conducting (IRG 2), and by controlling the size and shape of nanoparticles with precision to engineer interactions with light (IRG 3). Applications of such materials would include new information processing capabilities, high performance electronic devices that are both flexible and transparent and new sensing technologies. In addition to the IRGs, seed groups are supported by the MRSEC. Seed groups focus their research on new and emerging areas of interest, allowing the center to respond positively to current scientific developments. Learn More.

Broader Impact

The Center seeks to expand interest in science and engineering by implementing innovative outreach infrastructure and programs designed to inform the public about current research trends and inspire talented and diverse students as future scientists. Learn More.
The Center provides the physical and intellectual infrastructure to nucleate collaborative opportunities in materials research both on and off the Northwestern campus, in addition to transitioning its diverse research portfolio into new commercial opportunities. Learn More.
International collaboration enhances the research goals of the Center and helps train visionary and globally competitive U.S. materials researchers with direct experience with international R&D infrastructures and practices. Learn More.
The Center maintains an extensive set of diverse shared facilities that provide faculty, students, and industrial partners with access to state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training from expert technicians. Learn More.

Recent News

Recent Work

Mark Hersam Named US Science Envoy

Northwestern Engineering’s Mark Hersam has been selected as a US Science Envoy by the US Department of State. He began

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Using Plasmonics to Transmit More Data

Merely a decade ago, people were amazed that their cellular phones could send a simple text message. Now smartphones send

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Teri Odom Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

Teri Odom (IRG3) has been elected as a Fellow of Materials Research Society (2016). News Archive

Monica Olvera de la Cruz Awarded 2017 Polymer Prize of the American Physical Society

for “outstanding contributions to the theoretical understanding of polymers and the effects of electrostatic interactions on their structure and properties.”

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