Welcome to the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
Areas of Research
The mission of the Princeton Institute of Materials is to bring together scholars across disciplines to develop materials-based solutions to pressing global challenges and to educate the next generation of leaders in materials science and engineering. We enable and grow synergies and collaborations across campus that lead to breakthrough scientific and technological innovations. We are unique in our ability to combine world-leading facilities with fundamental academic research while working closely with industry, government laboratories, and other academic institutions.
A primary objective of the Institute to stimulate interaction and collaboration with industry, government and academic institutions. Our joint research efforts are focused around five areas: Advanced Manufacturing and Integration for Scalable Structures; Natural and Engineered Materials for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; Living and Soft Materials; Optical Materials and Light Matter Interactions; and Quantum Materials Science.
The Princeton Institute of Materials engages with its external partners through two routes. These are the Service and Membership Agreements.
The Service Agreement provides a cost-effective entry point for companies with interest in our Core Facilities.
The Membership Agreement provides a deeper connection with additional benefits and means of engagement with the Institute along with the access to the Core Facilities.
The business office partners with traditional departments and the larger research community across the University to support and advance the mission of the Institute by providing expertise in the area of research administration amongst others.
Princeton University is one of the premier locations world-wide for materials science and education due to its unique integration of long-term, curiosity-driven research and high-impact innovation and engagement with industry.
The Princeton Institute of Materials offers a formal undergraduate program leading to a Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering, in which students take a combination of core courses within the Institute, accompanied by electives offered by affiliated departments, and participate in research with the Institute's faculty. At the graduate level, the Institute offers joint PhD degree programs with participating academic departments.
The Princeton Institute of Materials operates the Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) and the Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory (MNFL), two large scale multi-user central research facilities at Princeton University. Both facilities are professionally staffed, offer extensive training, and are open to all members of the Princeton community as well as external users.