The Princeton Materials Institute (PMI) is a multidisciplinary research center driving advances in materials science, photonics, and quantum science. A particular strength is research that combines expertise in “hard” materials such as conventional semiconductors and ceramics with knowledge of “soft” materials such as plastics, biological molecules, and fluids. Integrating these conventionally distinct areas yields breakthroughs in fields from telecommunications to energy to biotechnology. The institute brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers, as well as industry partners, to bring fundamental advances to market.

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News

  • Portrait of researcher Stephen Lyon in the laboratory

    Quantum engineering expert Stephen Lyon wins Schowalter Award

  • Microscope image of tin crystals, showing protruding, jagged, smooth, and stunted 3-dimensional features.

    Researchers harness large language models to accelerate materials discovery

  • Multi-colored filaments sprayed across an orange background

    Cellular scaffolding rewired to make microscopic railways

  • A palm-sized octopus figurine made of hydrogel

    Reusable and recyclable, this new hydrogel squishes the old version’s environmental impact

  • A network of intricate fibers forms a structure with a bubble at its center.

    Researchers built a physical model to probe the creative destruction inside cells

  • Faculty commended for outstanding teaching

Events

  • March 06

    12:00 pm

    Homogenization Enhanced by AI for Geomechanics

  • March 20

    12:00 pm

    Local to Meso-scale Order in Non-Linear Dielectrics Characterized by Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

  • March 27

    12:00 pm

    Energy Conversion and Storage: Novel Materials and Operando Methods

  • April 03

    8:00 am

    Princeton Materials Institute Symposium

  • April 10

    12:00 pm

    Soft Materials Mechanics and Immunomechanics

Related Research

  • Bioengineering and Health

  • Energy and Environment

  • Quantum Engineering

Faculty

  • Sigrid Adriaenssens

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Craig Arnold

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Ravindra Bhatt

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Elie Bou-Zeid

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Ian Bourg

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Clifford Brangwynne

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Stephen Chou

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Sujit Datta

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Nathalie de Leon

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Pablo Debenedetti

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Adji Bousso Dieng

    Computer Science

  • Jason Fleischer

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Branko Glišić

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Claire Gmachl

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Mikko Haataja

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Andrew Houck portrait

    Andrew Houck

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Marcus Hultmark

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Peter Jaffé

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Bruce E. Koel

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Andrej Kosmrlj

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Chung Law

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Kai Li

    Computer Science

  • Michael Littman

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Lynn Loo

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Marcella Lusardi

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Stephen Lyon

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Jyotirmoy Mandal

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Julia Mikhailova

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Athanassios Panagiotopoulos

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Glaucio Paulino

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Catherine Peters

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Rodney Priestley

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Paul Prucnal

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Barry Rand

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Richard A. Register

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Alejandro Rodriguez

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Michele L. Sarazen

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Kaushik Sengupta

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Mansour Shayegan

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Aditya Sood portrait

    Aditya Sood

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Howard Stone

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • James Sturm

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Sankaran Sundaresan

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Jeffrey Thompson

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Hakan Tureci

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Naveen Verma

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Claire White

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Gerard Wysocki

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Saien Xie

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Nan Yao