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Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)


James C. Sturm

Executive Committee

Craig Arnold, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Robert H. Austin, Physics

Robert J. Cava, Chemistry

Claire Gmachl, Electrical Engineering

Richard B. Miles, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Nai-Phuan Ong, Physics

Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jean E. Schwarzbauer, Molecular Biology

James C. Sturm, Electrical Engineering

Sigurd Wagner, Electrical Engineering

Sits with Committee

Joseph X. Montemarano

Anthony Novembre

The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) is a multidisciplinary research and education center in the fields of materials science and photonics. Its mission includes graduate and undergraduate education and research that will have a long-term impact on society. Key elements of PRISM are the integration of the sciences and engineering, with work spanning from fundamental materials theory through device and system applications, and the integration of our work with that outside Princeton. Departments participating in PRISM include chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, mechanical and aerospace engineering, molecular biology, and physics. Education is carried out formally through the undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering, joint Ph.D. programs, and course curriculum for graduate students, and the ability for all students to participate in the research programs of the institute.

A special focus of PRISM is the rapidly growing intersection of hard materials (such as conventional semiconductors, metals, ceramics) and soft materials (polymers, organic and biological molecules, fluids, cells), and all of the fields that fundamentally underpin this work. Work at this intersection includes organic and large-area electronics, self-organizing structures, biomedical imaging, nanostructures, microfluidics, bio-chips, quantum information materials and systems, mid-infrared optics, sensor networks, and many emerging opportunities.

Critical to our interaction both within Princeton and outside of Princeton are professionally staffed central research facilities. These include the Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab and the Imaging and Analysis Center.