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The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) is an interdisciplinary research center at Princeton University. Our mission includes graduate and undergraduate education and research, which will have a long-term impact on society. The key element of PRISM is the integration of the sciences and engineering, with work spanning from fundamental theory through applications. PRISM interacts closely with industry, government laboratories and other academic institutions. 

Research in PRISM can be broadly categorized as falling into six main scientific directions: Quantum Materials and Structures, Large-Area Materials and Devices, Optics and Sensors, Bio-Nano Interface, Patterning and Self Assembly and Computational Materials Science. A guiding principle of PRISM is to not only to deepen our strengths in traditional areas of materials science and photonics, but also to pursue emerging opportunities at the intersection between traditional fields. One exciting intersection is that between the communities of "hard materials," such as semiconductors, and that of “soft materials", such as those of organic or biological materials and soft condensed matter. 
 
PRISM offers a formal undergraduate program leading to a Certificate in Materials, in which students take a combination of core courses within PRISM accompanied by electives offered by departments, and participate in research with PRISM faculty. At the graduate level PRISM offers a multidisciplinary program in cooperation with academic departments. PRISM also conducts extensive educational outreach programs on several levels.
 
Research is supported by a wide range of government agencies (State and Federal), industries, and foundations. Programs of special note at PRISM include the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), funded by the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NSF-MRSEC) program, Princeton Center for Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), funded by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) program, and the National Institute of Health sponsored Princeton Physical Science-Oncology Center Explosive Evolution Under Stress: The Driving Forces of Cancer Dynamics 
(PPS-OC).
 
The compact size of Princeton University insures a close interaction between scientists and engineers across industrial and academic boundaries. Those outside of Princeton, especially industry, bring important long-term challenges to us and provide a path by which our discoveries and advances can be translated into practice to have a large impact on society. Such interaction is promoted by the two central research facilities. The Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab (MNFL) and the Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) are multi-user facilities open to our industrial collaborators, other academic institutions, our industrial affiliates and joint research programs.
 
Please come visit PRISM and join us in realizing our exciting mission.
 

Side of Bowen

Bowen Hall

Side of Bowen

Built in 1993

Bowen Plaque

Named after former University President Willam G. Bowen *58

Interior of Bowen

Designed by architect 
Alan Chimacoff

Front of Bowen Hall

Home to 17 labs and the Imaging and Analysis Center  (IAC)