The UMass MRSEC: Our Mission

Materials research at UMass Amherst has a rich history of fundamental discovery centered in polymers and extending across the landscape of colloidal materials, surface science, and nanoscale structures. NSF support for the UMass MRSEC has been instrumental in landmark findings in polymer crystallization, block copolymer assembly for high density addressable media, ultrathin free-standing nanoscale structures, and state-of-the-art advances in polymer adhesion and self-healing. Our materials research mission merges with vibrant programs designed to educate students towards rewarding careers in science and technology.

Highlights

Research in the UMass MRSEC is organized into Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs), each consisting of teams of researchers engaged in interdisciplinary projects.

IRG 1 - Directed Polymer-Based Assemblies
Probing Polymer Structure with Light
IRG 2 - Polymer Surface Instabilities
Homogenizing Inhomogeneous Wrinkles
Superseed - Polymers and Ionic Liquids
Nanoscale Imaging of wet polymer materials