Research Centers and Programs

In addition to the research of individual faculty members, the Materials Science and Engineering Department features several Centers and Programs that address particular needs and opportunities ranging from enhanced fundamental understanding of nanomaterials to the large scale commercialization of structural polymer composites.  

Advanced Polymer Center

The Rutgers Advanced Polymer Center, located in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is a group of collaborative researchers and stakeholders dedicated to exploring immiscible polymer blends and the novel structures and materials obtained by processing such blends.  Visit the website.
 
Spinning of Polymer Fibers
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Center for Advanced Solid State Ionics and Energy Storage Research

The center consists of the Energy Storage Research Group and the Advanced Power Prototype Laboratories. It is an interdisciplinary group consisting of faculty and an equal mix of professional staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Our charter is the development and understanding of next generation energy storage materials and energy storage devices.  Visit the website.
Ionic Crystal
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Center for Sustainable Materials

Sustainable materials are materials from renewable sources that can be produced at high volumes without adversely affecting the environment or critical ecologies.  We are a Center of scientific inquiry and learning that seeks to expand the scope of practically useful materials via scientific discovery and engineering development with an eye towards commercial implementation. Visit the website.
Polymers from Crops
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Ceramic, Composite and Optical Materials Center (CCOMC)

The CCOMC seeks to apply innovative chemistry to engineer materials starting from pre-ceramic polymers and molecular precursors to world class ceramic powder processing and densification.  Additionally, we apply advanced chemical approaches to enable the processing of nano-scale, inorganic and organic crystals, particles, films and fibers. Thus, the combined effort spans the scope of particulate material science and technology from particle synthesis and processing through microstructural and property determinations. Visit the website.

 
Boron Carbide
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Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices, and Nanotechnology

 

Our work spans virtually all materials science and engineering programs at Rutgers and focuses on science and technology driven by the atomic scale and nanoscale manipulation of materials.  IAMDN provides a research environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers work collaboratively in advancing the basic knowledge and the underpinning technology vital to societal needs. Our researchers inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity that fosters the development of the highly trained workforce of tomorrow.  IAMDN is the entry point for researchers and industries seeking to work with Rutgers University to provide sustainable real-world solutions to 21st century challenges. Visit the website.

 
UltraSTEM at IAMDN
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Nanomaterials Laboratory 

Nanomaterials Laboratory (NL) is supported through federally funded research programs such as Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) and others. NL mission to conduct research of innovative materials and advanced materials research to promote industry-university collaboration. NL's research activities include Sintering of Engineering Materials; in-situ and Operando Synchrotron Probe of Commercial Batteries and other Novel Engineered Materials; Armory Applications; Electric Field and Pressure Assisted Processing of Inorganic and Nonmetallic Solids; Synchrotron Strain and Phase Mapping of Nuclear Materials; Field Testing of Infrastructure Materials; NanoBiotechnology; Thermal Spray Technology of Nano Coatings and Films; Strain and Phase Mapping by Light Source Synchrotron Radiation; Residual Stress Measurements by EDXRD;  Micromechanics and Phase Field Modeling; Mechanical Behavior of Nanocomposites