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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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2015 Junior Faculty Award Application

Chemical Hygiene Plan 2015


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:

Fall 2016
Prof. Nicholas L. Abbott
John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor, Hilldale Professor, and Director of Wisconsin Materials Research and Engineering Center
"Modulation of the Strength of Hydrophobic Interactions by Proximally Immobilized Ions"
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at
4 PM
Chipman room, 6-104

Prof. Ali Javey
Conexant Systems Distinguished Professor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at
4 PM
Chipman room, 6-104
Title of talk to be announced

Prof. David Pine
Silver Professor & Chair, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Professor of Physics

NYU College of Arts & Science
"DNA-Directed Self Assembly of Colloidal Crystals: Diamond & Pyrochlore"
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at
4 PM
Chipman room, 6-104

Prof. Anthony Rollett
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
"3D Characterization of Additively Manufactured Metals, including Synchrotron–based X-rays"
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at
4 PM
Chipman room, 6-104

Spring 2017

Prof. David Mitzi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Prof. of Chemistry
Duke University
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Chipman room, 6-104
Title of talk to be announced

Prof. Daniel Gianola
Associate Professor, Materials
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Chipman room, 6-104
Title of talk to be announced

Prof. Jennifer Dionne
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Stanford University
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Chipman room, 6-104
Title of talk to be announced


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