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UW Molecular Engineering Materials Center (UW MEM-C)



The UW Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) is integrating cutting-edge collaborative materials research with training, education, diversity, outreach, and knowledge/technology transfer to accelerate the development of future energy conversion, information processing, and sensing technologies, enhance the scientific experiences of trainees and senior investigators alike, and inspire STEM engagement in the broader community. MEM-C’s research program comprises two synergistic Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that share the common goal of engineering complex photoactive electronic materials but take very different approaches.

IRG-1: Defects in Nanostructures is engineering unprecedented physical properties into inorganic nanostructures by controlling defect formation and doping, and is exploiting these properties to forge new technological frontiers ranging from laser cooling to solar concentration.

IRG-2: Layered Quantum Materials is creating and studying new forms of quantum matter in atomically layered materials with potentially disruptive impact on energy and information technologies.

Core Services Offered

MEM-C Shared Facilities

Funding Information

The National Science Foundation 2017-2023, award number DMR-1719797
The National Science Foundation 2023-2029, award number DMR-2308979

Reporting Structure

NSF MRSEC Program Director

Related UW Entities

College of Arts and Sciences: Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics
College of Engineering: Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering