Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC), constitute a spectrum of coordinated Centers of differing scientific breadth and administrative complexity that may address any area, or several areas, of materials research. MRSECs bring together researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise – in partnership with industry, government laboratories, and/or partners from other sectors – to address complex, interdisciplinary challenges in materials research, to integrate research with education both internally and through a variety of partnership activities. The MRSEC supports projects that are too complex and multi-faceted for individuals or small groups of researchers to tackle on their own.

The CCMR has a collaborative PREM Seed grant with North Carolina A&T entititled Collaborative Research and Education in Energy Materials (CREEM). This PREM, led by Dr. Dhananjay Kumar, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at NC A&T, will develop low-dimensional titanium oxynitride-based materials capable of supporting energy conversion reactions. The CREEM team will also focus on broadening the participation of underrepresented African American students in graduate education leading to terminal degrees by engaging K-16 students in innovative materials research, education, and outreach programs.

The CCMR currently supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and a number of smaller ‘seed’ research groups through an NSF MRSEC grant and Cornell University support. Each group brings researchers from a variety of different departments together to work on an outstanding interdisciplinary problem in materials research and development. The research teams are chosen through periodic competitions which include external review by international experts in the field. Faculty participants are drawn from the more than 130 faculty members in the CCMR. These faculty span 12 departments and 4 colleges at Cornell. In addition, the research teams are strengthened by collaborations with academic and industrial researchers from around the world.

Our Seed research program is devoted to the exploration of new ideas and high risk projects. Seed projects are funded for a maximum of two years. After this period, the project must transition to other support. Seed projects are not renewable.

If you have any questions about our research, please visit our research group pages listed on the left and contact the IRG leaders or Seed faculty directly.

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