Princeton Materials Institute (PMI)

Overview

The Princeton Materials Institute is a multidisciplinary research and education center in the area of materials science. Its mission includes graduate and undergraduate education and research that will have a long-term impact on society. Key elements of the Princeton Materials Institute 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 partnering with the Princeton Materials Institute include chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer 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.

Program Offerings

On the highest level, the mission of the Princeton Materials Institute 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 the Princeton Materials Institute encompass advanced manufacturing and integration for scalable structures; living and soft materials; natural and engineered materials for energy, environment, and sustainability; optical materials and light matter interactions; and quantum materials science.

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

Faculty

  • Director

    • Richard A. Register
  • Associate Director

    • Stephen A. Lyon
  • Executive Committee

    • Craig B. Arnold, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Andrew B. Bocarsly, Chemistry
    • Mikko P. Haataja, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Stephen A. Lyon, Electrical Engineering
    • Satish C. Myneni, Geosciences
    • Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Glaucio H. Paulino, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Electrical Engineering
    • Leslie M. Schoop, Chemistry
    • Jean E. Schwarzbauer, Molecular Biology
    • Ali Yazdani, Physics
  • Sits with Committee

    • Alex Iain Norman
  • Professor

    • Roberto Car
    • Robert Joseph Cava
    • Glaucio H. Paulino
    • Salvatore Torquato
  • Assistant Professor

    • Marcella Lusardi
    • Aditya Sood
    • Saien Xie
  • Associated Faculty

    • Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Craig B. Arnold, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Robert H. Austin, Physics
    • Ravindra N. Bhatt, Electrical Engineering
    • Andrew B. Bocarsly, Chemistry
    • Elie R. Bou-Zeid, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Ian C. Bourg, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Clifford P. Brangwynne, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Pierre-Thomas Brun, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Jannette Carey, Chemistry
    • Emily Ann Carter, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Minjie Chen, Electrical Engineering
    • Paul J. Chirik, Chemistry
    • Stephen Y. Chou, Electrical Engineering
    • Daniel J. Cohen, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Sujit S. Datta, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Emily C. Davidson, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Pablo G. Debenedetti, Dean for Research, Office of
    • Luc Deike, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Jie Deng, Geosciences
    • Adji Bousso Dieng, Computer Science
    • Thomas S. Duffy, Geosciences
    • Jason W. Fleischer, Electrical Engineering
    • Branko Glisic, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Claire F. Gmachl, Electrical Engineering
    • John T. Groves, Chemistry
    • Mikko P. Haataja, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Frederick D. Haldane, Physics
    • M. Zahid Hasan, Physics
    • Kelsey B. Hatzell, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Andrew A. Houck, Electrical Engineering
    • Marcus N. Hultmark, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • David A. Huse, Physics
    • Peter R. Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Antoine Kahn, Electrical Engineering
    • Bruce E. Koel, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Andrej Kosmrlj, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Chung K. Law, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Kai Li, Computer Science
    • Michael G. Littman, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Lynn Loo, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Stephen A. Lyon, Electrical Engineering
    • Jyotirmoy Mandal, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Julia Mikhailova, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Reza Moini, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Satish C. Myneni, Geosciences
    • Nai Phuan Ong, Physics
    • Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Catherine A. Peters, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Rodney D. Priestley, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Paul R. Prucnal, Electrical Engineering
    • Robert K. Prud'homme, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Herschel A. Rabitz, Chemistry
    • Jennifer M. Rampling, History
    • Barry P. Rand, Electrical Engineering
    • Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Z. Jason Ren, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Electrical Engineering
    • Michele L. Sarazen, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Gregory D. Scholes, Chemistry
    • Leslie M. Schoop, Chemistry
    • Jean E. Schwarzbauer, Molecular Biology
    • Kaushik Sengupta, Electrical Engineering
    • Mansour Shayegan, Electrical Engineering
    • Howard A. Stone, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • James C. Sturm, Electrical Engineering
    • David W. Tank, Princeton Neuroscience Inst
    • Jeffrey D. Thompson, Electrical Engineering
    • Hakan E. Türeci, Electrical Engineering
    • Naveen Verma, Electrical Engineering
    • Michael A. Webb, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Marissa L. Weichman, Chemistry
    • Claire E. White, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Sanfeng Wu, Physics
    • Gerard Wysocki, Electrical Engineering
    • Ali Yazdani, Physics
    • Mark A. Zondlo, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Nathalie P. de Leon, Electrical Engineering
  • Professor of the Practice

    • Nan Yao
  • Lecturer

    • Kai A. Filsinger

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.