MRSEC funding renewed: $17.8 million over six years

Jan. 16, 2015 - Funding continues for one of the university's oldest and largest multi-disciplinary research centers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed $17.8 million in grant funding for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) for the next six years.

The University's MRSEC, one of about 25 such centers in the country, is directed by Timothy Lodge, a Regents Professor in both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. It was originally funded in 1998, with grants renewed in 2002 and 2008.

NSF MRSECs support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary materials research that addresses complex problems in science and engineering, which are important to society, and which could not be addressed under traditional funding of individual research projects. With the new funding, the University's MRSEC has three distinct foci, clustered in what are called Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG). They will involve 27 faculty researchers from five different departments in the highly-collaborative College of Science & Engineering, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. For example, Professor Chris Leighton from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is coordinating the research group, Electrostatic Control of Materials, looking at how organic and inorganic materials such as ionic liquids, ionic gels and solid electrolyte structures can possibly generate new technologies such as plastic electronics and magnetic storage devices.

Content written by Eileen Harvala, Department of Chemistry.

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