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Introducing the Materials Reseach Laboratory (MRL) at MIT

For Immediate Release

The Materials Processing Center, The Center for Materials Science and Engineering, merger brings together formidable resources for advancing next-generation materials.

CAMBRIDGE, MA, OCTOBER 10, 2017 - The Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, which together serve more than 150 MIT engineering and science researchers, announce today October 10, 2017 their merger as the MIT Materials Research Laboratory.

The MIT Materials Research Laboratory [MRL] encompasses research on energy conversion and storage; quantum materials; spintronics; photonics; metals; integrated microsystems; materials sustainability; solid-state ionics; complex oxide electronic properties; biogels; and functional fibers. "These are all interdisciplinary topics in which materials play a critical role," says MIT MRL Director Carl V. Thompson, who is the Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. "The focus is on scientific discovery and how to design and make materials that lead to systems that have improved performance or that enable new approaches to existing problems."

The partnership joins the Materials Processing Center's wide diversity of materials research, funded by industry, foundations and government agencies, and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering's basic science, educational outreach and shared experimental facilities that are funded under the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center [NSF-MRSEC] program.

Read more at the MRL website: mrl.mit.edu


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