Institutes, Centers & Labs
The Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) is a permanent Institute at the University of Maryland, formerly the Institute for Plasma Research. It is a joint Institute combining the A. J. Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences.
The Institute for Systems Research (ISR) was established as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in 1985 at Maryland and Harvard, and it later received permanent Institute status from the State of Maryland. The Institute for Systems Research develops, applies and teaches advanced methodologies of design and analysis to solve complex, hierarchical, heterogeneous and dynamic problems of engineering technology and systems for industry and government. MSE faculty member G. W. Rubloff served as ISR Director from 1996-2001. He and R. Ramesh maintain appointments in ISR.
The Maryland Energy and Innovation Institute will provide a platform to catalyze basic research into new technology while stimulating economic growth and improving millions of lives across the state of Maryland. The Institute will bring together science, industry, government and economic leaders to develop new energy technologies and facilitate the transfer of technology ideas into a reality.
When materials and structures are created and engineered at the nanometer scale approaching atomic dimensions they can display fundamentally new properties and behavior as a direct result of their small size. Research in nanoscale science and engineering is unveiling new worlds of ideas and applications, as well as promoting advances in miniaturization.
The Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials supports cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Maryland. CNAM researchers are working on topics ranging from the search for new materials with new physical properties to the design of new electronic devices that work on new physical principles.
The Science of Precision Multifunctional Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES) is a multi-institutional research center focused on developing highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique testbed for investigating the underpinnings of storing electrical energy.
The Biophysical and Polymer Radiation Laboratory, directed by Professor Mohamad Al-Sheikhly, is located in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building and is utilized in conjunction with the University of Maryland Radiation Facilities. The laboratory has two distinct experimental facilities devoted to polymer modification research and radiation biophysics.
A combinatorial approach to materials is an emerging paradigm of materials research methodology. In individual experiments, up to thousands of compositionally varying samples are simultaneously fabricated and screened for enhanced physical properties.
The Functional Macromolecular Laboratory focuses on the synthesis, characterization and processing of novel polymer-based nanostructured systems used in a variety of technological fields, ranging from medicine and pharmaceuticals to energy storage and microelectronics. The lab features a comprehensive set of characterization equipment for polymer mechanical, thermal, dielectric, conductive properties.
The University of Maryland received a major award from the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles to establish a new laboratory for combinatorial nanosynthesis and multiscale characterization.
The Laboratory for Plasma Processing of Materials, part of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, produces nanostructures using plasma processing. The lab's major scientific themes are the characterization and understanding of the processes at the plasma-material interface that control the properties of the material or structure that is ultimately produced.
The Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science has pursued the chemistry and materials of the radiation processing industry since 1960. The Laboratory supports companies and government laboratories with radiation-related research and consulting services in three areas: Applied radiation and physics of polymers: crosslinking scission, polymerization, and effects on reinforced and filled polymers. These include the development of products for ordinary commercial use (packaging materials, elastomers, membranes, textiles, etc.); and the degradation of insulating materials in space satellites and nuclear reactors; Radiation sources technology, such as transport of high energy electrons in complex targets, dosimetry, and optimization studies; and Fundamental aspects of radiation bearing on applied problems, such as radiation chemistry of crystalline alkane and semicrystalline polymers, initiation mechanisms of vinyl polymerization, and radiation effects on morphology and metrology of polymers.
The Laboratory for Reliable Nanoelectronics is an advanced facility for semiconductor device process development, test structure design for reliability and Reliability measurements at the University of Maryland. It includes a broad variety of advanced materials processes and supporting processes for fabricating of devices and reliability test structures.
MINT's mission is to understand and exploit interactions between inorganic nanoscale objects and their chemical and physical environment. The group conducts research in a wide variety of topics related to nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The Materials Screening Laboratory is home to our Lakeshore 7400 Series Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), the most sensitive VSM available today. This VSM features a noise floor of 1 x 10-7 emu at 10 seconds/point sampling, 4 x 10-7 emu at 1 sec/pt. and 7.5 x 10-7 emu at 0.1 seconds/point. It can measure hysteresis M(H) loops and temperature dependent magnetic properties of all types of magnetic materials in bulk, powder, thin film, single crystal, and liquid form. Its temperature range capabilities include a cryostat option covering 8 K to 425 K with liquid helium or 80 K to 425 K with liquid Nitrogen; and an oven option covering 305 K to 1273 K. Variable gap magnets allow for field strength up to 2.3 Tesla and accommodation of large samples to 1".
The Microelectronics Devices Laboratory specializes in failures analysis and related methodology for integrated circuits and packages. It has the capability to meet these challenges and successfully perform the failure analysis of the integrated circuit (IC) packages with the state-of-the-art analytical techniques.
The Polymer Characterization Laboratory includes facilities for advanced characterization of polymers, including thermal analysis, microstructural characterization, mechanical properties and interfacial fracture mechanics, and synthesis of polymers and sample preparation.
The Wachsman Group is at the forefront of renewable energy research involving high temperature ceramics. Professor Wachsman's advances in fundamental ionic transport and electrocatalysis have revolutionized solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC's), ion transport membranes, and solid state sensors.