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The MIT Center for Materials Science and Engineering is devoted to the design, creation, and fundamental understanding of materials that are capable of enhancing the human experience.

CMSE is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

CMSE has a special mission: to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education in the science and engineering of materials that will address the future needs of society. CMSE promotes collaboration among MIT faculty and between MIT faculty and researchers of other universities, industry, and government laboratories.

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IRG-I leader, Prof. Marin Soljacic, and his team simulate the first system in which particles can be manipulated by a beam of ordinary light as opposed to specialized light sources

Watch IRG-II faculty, Profs. Bradley Olsen and Jeremiah Johnson, demonstrate their new theory for quantifying how various defects in polymer networks affect their elasticities

IRG-III leaders, Associate Professor Bilge Yildiz and Professor Krystyn Van Vliet, and former IRG-III postdoc Mostafa Youssef explain how insulating metal oxides may be key to technical defects’ performance for a variety of high-tech applications

WCVB-TV Boston’s Chronicle highlights the work of MIT MRL’s research scientist, photographer, and image specialist, Felice Frankel, exploring how she engages audiences in scientific advances through the visual beauty of science

CMSE welcomes new CMSE director and MRL co-director, associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering Geoffrey S. Beach. Prof. Beach succeeds Professor of Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, Michael F. Rubner, who retired this year after 16 years as CMSE director

Introducing the Materials Research Laboraratory The Center for Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Processing Center merge to form the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), bringing together formidable resources for advancing next-generation materials

CMSE congratulates Profs. Jennifer Rupp, Robert Macfarlane, Luqiao Liu, and Riccardo Comin on winning this year’s seed competition!

CMSE Commemorates the Legacy of Former Director, Mildred Dresselhaus, the "Queen of Carbon Science"

CMSE launches 2016-2017 Seed Funding Competition

CMSE IRG leaders, Profs. Brian Wardle, Robert Cohen, Gareth Mckinley, and Michael Rubner devise a new technique for trapping hard-to-detect molecules, using forests of carbon nanotubes

CMSE IRG leader, Prof. Marin Soljacic's work on Weyl points named as “Top 10 breakthroughs of 2015” by

IRG-III researchers demonstrate nanoscale cation motion in memristive systems

CMSE sponsors a live global event where CMSE Research Specialist, Felice Frankel, conducted a one-hour online conversation on cover art and graphics for science and engineering publications with Kelly Krause, Art Director of Nature magazine. See a recording of the event here.

Boston Globe spotlights CMSE Research Specialist, Felice Frankel, whose revolutionary approach to photographing scientific data changes the way we view science.

Changing the Energy Landscape: Yogesh Surendranath takes a molecular-level engineering approach to global energy challenges.

CMSE Professor Polina Anikeeva and her team of researchers use a new wireless technique to produce long-lasting, localized stimulation of brain tissue

Professors Michael Rubner and Robert Cohen team with University of California Santa Barbara researchers to employ cellular backpacks and white blood cells in navigating drug delivery to treat inflammation and its underlying cause

Professor Polina Anikeeva and 10 others reveal a revolutionary fiber that can transmit drugs, light, and electrical signals through the brain without harming brain tissue

CMSE Research Scientist, Felice Frankel, inspires a passion for science, technology, and the natural world through her photography featured in the Images of Discovery exhibit at the MIT Museum

CMSE Research Scientist Felice Frankel's course Making Science and Engineering Pictures is now available on MIT OpenCourseware

Michael F. Rubner, the TDK Professor of Polymer Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, develops water-based, non-toxic coatings with special properties.

Katharina Ribbeck named a Popular Science "Brilliant 10"

Congratulations to CMSE Director, Prof. Michael Rubner for being named a 2014 MRS Fellow! This recognition honors 22 MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide, out of 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry, and government.

Marin Soljacic, CMSE-funded researcher publishes new study in Nature on transparent displays. Also featured on MIT, Popular Mechanics, and BBC.

CMSE, in conjunction with the MRSEC at Harvard University, is sponsoring the 7th Annual Future Faculty Workshop for underrepresented minority senior graduate students and postdocs at MIT's Endicott House, July 20-22, 2014. For more information and applications, please visit

Former CMSE director and current Dean of the School of Science, Prof. Marc Kastner, nominated to head DOE Office of Science.

MIT Features work by two CMSE researchers, Angela Belcher and Yang Shao-Horn on building better batteries through biology.

CMSE SEFs cited in CMSE researcher Nuh Gedik's latest work on coupling of photons with electrons on the surface of an exotic crystal.

CMSE Researcher Angela Belcher wins $500,000 Lamelson-MIT Prize, and will use a portion to help get youth excited about science. (
MIT News Release here.

Congratulations to CMSE Researcher Markus Buehler who has been named a recipient of the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from the Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society!

CMSE Director Michael Rubner has been selected to the 2013 class of the ACS PMSE Fellows, and will be inducted on April 10, 2013. Congratulations Prof. Rubner!

CMSE funded research on anti-frosting and anti-fogging coatings by Professors Cohen and Rubner published in ACS Nano

CMSE funded research by Prof. Young Lee published in Nature.

Felice Frankel's book, Visualizing Strategies, highlighted at MIT.

Yang Shao-Horn, CMSE researcher, has paper highlighted at MIT.

CMSE Research Scientist, Felice Frankel, has book featured in the New York Times Science section.

CMSE funded faculty, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and Timothy Lu among PECASE (Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers) winners.

CMSE funded research by Yoel Fink and his group featured in Nature.

CMSE researcher Prof. Paula Hammond profiled in the Boston Globe.

CMSE Funded Faculty Members Caroline Ross and Alfredo Alexander-Katz Research Highlighted at MIT News.

Silvija Gradečak Wins Nano Letters Young Investigator Award

Angela Belcher elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Markus Buehler, CMSE faculty member, to receive Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the MRS

We're excited to announce CMSE researcher, Prof. Robert Cohen, has won the Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award and will be presented with this honor at the Spring ACS meeting. This award is to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding achievements by an individual or team in promoting undergraduate and/or graduate polymer education. Congratulations Prof. Cohen!

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Nuh Gedik selected as a Sloan Research Fellow for 2012.

Initiative and Seed Proposal Competition Winners Announced
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CMSE funded Paula Hammond has work featured in Nature Materials.
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CMSE funded research by Prof. Silvija Gradecak highlighted at MIT and published in Nano Letters.

CMSE funded research by Prof. Markus Buehler and a CMSE/MPC sponsored REU student has been published in Nature.

CMSE funded research published in Nanoscale Research Letters.

CMSE funded Caroline Ross has paper published in Nature Photonics.

IRG Researcher, Krystyn Van Vliet, spotlighted at MIT.

IRG Leader, Yang Shao-Horn, and her group published in Science

MRSEC Supported Faculty Highlighted in MIT's Spectrum Regarding Their Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
Krystyn Van Vliet
Yang Shao-Horn

US News and World Report Summit "Making Science Cool" to feature CMSE Research Scientist Felice Frankel

IRG I Research Update: Improving Batteries' Energy Storage

Shao-Horn group fuel cell research published in Nature Chemistry

Yoel Fink and His Group Spin New Materials in a Thread

Two CMSE Faculty, Nuh Gedik and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Receive DoE Early Career Research Grants

CMSE Faculty Research is Highlighted at MIT

Initiative Research is Highlighted at MIT
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IRG Research is Highlighted at MIT
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Four CMSE Researchers Named In Top 100 Chemists and Top 100 Materials Scientists in the World
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Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series:

May 3, 2018
William Chueh

Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Stanford University
Chipman room, 6-104 @4 PM
Title of talk to be announced

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