Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)


  • Director

    • Craig B. Arnold
  • Executive Committee

    • Craig B. Arnold
    • Andrew B. Bocarsly
    • Thomas S. Duffy
    • Mikko P. Haataja
    • Andrew A. Houck
    • Rodney D. Priestley
    • Richard A. Register
    • Jean E. Schwarzbauer
    • James C. Sturm
    • Salvatore Torquato
    • Ali Yazdani

Program Information

The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) is a multidisciplinary research and education center in the fields of materials science and photonics. Its mission includes graduate and undergraduate education and research that will have a long-term impact on society. Key elements of PRISM are the integration of the sciences and engineering, with work spanning from fundamental materials theory through device and system applications, and the integration of our work with that outside Princeton. Departments participating in PRISM include chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, mechanical and aerospace engineering, molecular biology, and physics. Education is carried out formally through the undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering, joint Ph.D. programs, course curricula, and the ability for all students to participate in the research programs of the institute.

On the highest level, the mission of PRISM can be described as "nano" science and technology for the "macro" world. New discoveries and properties emerge from new structures on the scale of atoms and nanometers, which can then be tailored for devices and systems to address real world problems -- which include those in the areas of health, energy, environment, information, and security. The underlying areas of technical expertise at PRISM encompass quantum materials science; scalable structures, interfaces and processes; photons and light-matter interactions; the bio/nano intersection; and theory and computation.

Critical to our interaction both within Princeton and outside of Princeton are professionally staffed central research facilities. These include the Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab and the Imaging and Analysis Center.