PRISM ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, MARCH 13-14, 2018

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For more than 3 decades, PRISM, the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, has been the driving force and focus for materials science and engineering at Princeton University. PRISM pursues pioneering scientific discoveries through interdisciplinary research, and generates technological advancement, innovation, and entrepreneurship in partnership with industry and other external collaborators.  PRISM is comprised of more than 80 affiliated faculty and 150 graduate students and post-docs, who underpin its wide ranging research, education and technology translation programs. 

This year’s Research Symposium celebrates several successful, technology translation efforts that have had remarkable impact in terms of commercial importance and societal benefit.  From novel technologies underpinning today’s Smart Phone and Large-Area Displays to Novel Sensing and Imaging Systems that protect our Health and Environment to Novel Polymer and Biological Material Systems to improve everyday life, PRISM has been at the forefront of many of these advances, and is working closely with industry and government partners to demonstrate the value and impact of early-stage technologies, and to educate, strengthen and secure the next generation STEM workforce to bring these discoveries and concepts to fruition.

In conjunction with New Jersey STEM Week (March 9-18, 2018), PRISM is hosting its Annual Research Symposium on March 13-14, 2018 at Princeton University in Maeder Hall Auditorium.  Faculty, Students, Staff and Collaborators will discuss current materials science research, technology and engineering programs, progress and future directions.  Talks will highlight successful research collaborations and technology outreach efforts, as well opportunities for new joint collaborations.  Keynote talks feature technical leaders from Industry, National Labs and Academia, and will explore promising opportunities that build on materials characterization, synthesis and processing that range from atomic- to world-scale, and ultimately are translated into real-world use.

The program is organized around four ½-day sessions that include Celebrating 30 Years of Materials Innovation, Technology Translation and Entrepreneurship at PRISM, Soft Materials for Polymer and Biological Systems, New Faculty Research and Directions, and Photonics Research and Applications.  The program also includes a PRISM Roundtable on Technology Innovation and Translation efforts to speed technology out of the lab and into commercial use through collaborations with small and large companies, and encouragement of home-grown entrepreneurs and technology company spin-outs.   A Reception and Poster Session will be held on the evening of March 13 to highlight a wide array of on-going graduate and undergraduate research projects and STEM education. Tours of our new multi-user facilities – Imaging and Analysis Center, Micro- and Nano-Fabrication Laboratory, Packaging and Soft Materials Processing Labs - are scheduled on both days, and feature unique capabilities offered by our newly installed equipment and expanded facilities and technical staff.