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List of Current Research Topics of MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Groups

The specific research programs at each Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) are determined by the topics of each Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG). The list below of 2006 IRG research topics is from the Web site http://www.mrsec.org.

BIOMOLECULAR/BIOMIMETIC MATERIALS

  • Patterns, Gradients and Signals in Soft Biomaterials—California Institute of Technology

  • Engineering Materials and Techniques for Biological Studies at Cellular Scales—Harvard University

  • Materials and Physiology—Harvard University

  • Specific, Reversible and Programmable Bonding in Supra- and Macro-molecular Materials—University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Molecular and Nanoscale Motors—Pennsylvania State University

  • Design and Synthesis of Response Driven Macromolecules—University of Southern Mississippi

  • Template Synthesis of Nanowire/Nanotube Heterostructures—University of Maryland

  • Bio-Interfacial Science—University of Chicago

  • Designed Programmable Membranes—University of Pennsylvania

  • Filamentous Networks and Structured Gels—University of Pennsylvania



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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward C List of Current Research Topics of MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Groups The specific research programs at each Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) are determined by the topics of each Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG). The list below of 2006 IRG research topics is from the Web site http://www.mrsec.org. BIOMOLECULAR/BIOMIMETIC MATERIALS Patterns, Gradients and Signals in Soft Biomaterials—California Institute of Technology Engineering Materials and Techniques for Biological Studies at Cellular Scales—Harvard University Materials and Physiology—Harvard University Specific, Reversible and Programmable Bonding in Supra- and Macro-molecular Materials—University of California at Santa Barbara Molecular and Nanoscale Motors—Pennsylvania State University Design and Synthesis of Response Driven Macromolecules—University of Southern Mississippi Template Synthesis of Nanowire/Nanotube Heterostructures—University of Maryland Bio-Interfacial Science—University of Chicago Designed Programmable Membranes—University of Pennsylvania Filamentous Networks and Structured Gels—University of Pennsylvania

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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward De Novo Synthetic Protein Modules for Light-Capture and Catalysis—University of Pennsylvania Biological Synthesis and Assembly of Macromolecular Materials—California Institute of Technology COATINGS/CERAMICS Synergistic Linear and Nonlinear Phenomena in Multifunctional Oxide Ceramic Systems—Northwestern University Responsive Films and Film Formation—University of Southern Mississippi Oxide-Based Hierarchical Interfacial Materials—University of Pennsylvania Biological Synthesis & Assembly of Macromolecular Materials—California Institute of Technology CONDENSED MATTER PHENOMENA Electronic Interfaces—Cornell University Nanoscale Growth—Cornell University Nanomechanics—Cornell University Electrons in Confined Geometries—Pennsylvania State University Spin and Spin Coherence Dynamics of Tunable Electrochemically Synthesized Nanostructures—University of Maryland Interplay of Magnetism and Transport in Correlated Electronic Materials—Princeton University Microphotonic Materials and Structures—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fluid Flows-Singularities and Microscales—University of Chicago Jamming, Slow Relaxation and Rigidity Onset in Materials Far from Equilibrium—University of Chicago MAGNETICS/FERROELECTRICS/SPINTRONICS Spin and Charge Quantum Transport in Organic/Magnetic Heterostructures for Spintronics and Optoelectronics—California Institute of Technology Ferroelectric Photonic Materials—California Institute of Technology Science and Engineering of Magnetoelectronics—Johns Hopkins University IRG—Yale University Electronic Interfaces—Cornell University Nanoscale Growth—Cornell University

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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward Magnetic Heterostructures—University of Minnesota Nanomagnetism: Fundamental Interactions and Applications—University of Nebraska Spin Polarization and Transmission at Nanocontacts and Interfaces—University of Nebraska Electrons in Confined Geometries—Pennsylvania State University Multifunctional Magnetic Oxides—University of Maryland Spin and Spin Coherence Dynamics of Tunable Electrochemically Synthesized Nanostructures—University of Maryland Interplay of Magnetism and Transport in Correlated Electronic Materials—Princeton University Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Semiconductor and Magnetic Structures—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oxide-Based Hierarchical Interfacial Materials—University of Pennsylvania Dynamics and Transport in Nanostructured Magnetic Materials—University of Alabama MECHANICS OF MATERIALS Tailored Interfaces—University of Massachusetts at Amherst Mechanics of Amorphous and Nanoscale Metal Composites and Foam Structures—California Institute of Technology Center Research Summary—Cornell University Advances in Continuum Simulation Methods—University of Virginia Multiscale Mechanics of Films and Interfaces—Harvard University Engineering Materials and Techniques for Biological Studies at Cellular Scales—Harvard University Nanomechanics—Cornell University Adhesion, Deformation and Transport at Contacts in Small Structures—Princeton University Science and Engineering of Solid-State Portable Power Structures—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mesoscale Interface Mapping Project—Carnegie Mellon University NANOSTRUCTURES/NANOPARTICLES Mechanics of Amorphous and Nanoscale Metal Composites and Foam Structures—California Institute of Technology Nanostructures-Growth and Characterization—University of Oklahoma/ University of Arkansas

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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward Micro- and Nano-Mechanics of Electronic and Structural Materials Research—Brown University Novel Processing Methods for Nanostructured Polymer Blends and Composites—Northwestern University Plasmonics and Molecular Based Electronics: Fundamentals and New Tools—Northwestern University Self-organization in the Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials—Northwestern University Elucidation of Fundamental Nucleation Localization Mechanisms—University of Virginia Nanoscale Surface Modification by the Focused Ion Beam—University of Virginia Electronic Interfaces—Cornell University Photonic Particles—Cornell University Nanoscale Growth—Cornell University Directed Nano-assemblies and Interfaces for Advanced Electronics—Stanford/IBM ARC/UC Davis/UC Berkeley Nanoparticle-Based Materials—University of Minnesota Nanomechanics—Cornell University Nanostructured Materials by Molecular Beam Epitaxy—University of California at Santa Barbara Electrons in Confined Geometries—Pennsylvania State University Spin and Spin Coherence Dynamics of Tunable Electrochemically Synthesized Nanostructures—University of Maryland Template Synthesis of Nanowire/Nanotube Heterostructures—University of Maryland Diffusion and Wettability in Porous Nanoparticles—University of Maryland Guided Self-Assembly—Princeton University Adhesion, Deformation and Transport at Contacts in Small Structures—Princeton University Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Semiconductor and Magnetic Structures—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nanostructured Polymer Assemblies—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hierarchically Assembled Molecular and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials—University of Chicago Structural Integrated Films Containing Nanoparticles—Columbia University Materials for Information Storage—University of Alabama

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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward POLYMERS Seed Project: Methanol Generation and Its Efficient Use in Fuel Cells—California Institute of Technology Research Groups Overview—SUNY at Stony Brook IRG #2—Novel Processing Methods for Nanostructured Polymer Blends and Composites—Northwestern University Center Research Summary—Cornell University IRG1: Microstructured Polymers—University of Minnesota Soft Cellular Materials—University of California at Santa Barbara Template Synthesis of Nanowire/Nanotube Heterostructures—University of Maryland Guided Self-Assembly—Princeton University Nanostructured Polymer Assemblies—Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hierarchically Assembled Molecular and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials—University of Chicago Functional Cylindrical Assemblies—University of Pennsylvania Structured Materials in Supercritical Fluids—University of Massachusetts at Amherst Aqueous Polymer Assembly—University of Massachusetts at Amherst SEMICONDUCTORS/PHOTONICS/ORGANIC ELECTRONICS Plasmonics and Molecular Based Electronics: Fundamentals and New Tools—Northwestern University Controlling Interfaces in Semiconductor Nanowires—Northwestern University Electronic Interfaces—Cornell University Photonic Particles—Cornell University Nanoscale Growth—Cornell University Crystalline Organic Semiconductors—University of Minnesota Optical Metamaterials—Pennsylvania State University Oxides as Semiconductors—University of California at Santa Barbara Low Dimensional Interfaces—University of Maryland Interplay of Magnetism and Transport in Correlated Electronic Materials—Princeton University Adhesion, Deformation and Transport at Contacts in Small Structures—Princeton University

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The National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward SOFT MATERIALS, COLLOIDS Patterns, Gradients and Signals in Soft Biomaterials—California Institute of Technology Single Interdisciplinary Research Group—University of Colorado Center Research Summary—Cornell University Interface-Mediated Assembly of Soft Materials—Harvard University Molecular and Nanoscale Motors—Pennsylvania State University Template Synthesis of Nanowire/Nanotube Heterostructures—University of Maryland Guided Self-Assembly—Princeton University Jamming, Slow Relaxation and Rigidity Onset in Materials Far from Equilibrium—University of Chicago Functional Cylindrical Assemblies—University of Pennsylvania Filamentous Networks and Structured Gels—University of Pennsylvania SYNTHESIS/PROCESSING The Synthesis of Deuterated-Rhodamine 6G—Northwestern University Photonic Particles—Cornell University Nanoscale Growth—Cornell University Nanomechanics—Cornell University Chemically Advanced Nanolithography—Pennsylvania State University Guided Self-Assembly—Princeton University