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.