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Welcome to UMass MRSEC on Polymers

The UMass MRSEC 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. This is manifest in teaching and mentoring, where UMass Amherst is a national leader in graduate education in polymers and soft materials chemistry, physics, and engineering. Our educational mission extends to all ages and grade levels, thanks to a rich diversity of Center-supported programs designed for undergraduates, teachers, and grade school children alike. Today the UMass MRSEC seeks to define the future of polymer materials science and engineering, with research teams engaged in innovative multidisciplinary projects that push fundamental boundaries and create new technologies.

UMass MRSEC research
   Research in the UMass MRSEC is organized into Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs), each consisting of teams of researchers engaged in interdisciplinary projects. Ongoing IRGs in the Center include Directed Polymer-based Assemblies that generates hierarchically ordered polymer systems based on positional control over nanoscale components, and Polymer Surface Instabilities that focuses on elastic instabilities in polymers to control morphology and generate rapid materials response. Numerous Seed Projects have arisen during the course of the Center involving work on Polymer Optoelectronics, Polymers for Bacterial Control, Single Molecule Imaging, and Materials for Mechanobiology. New projects emanate from exciting, high impact results in the IRGs and Seeds, combined with the most pressing fundamental materials opportunities available today. Today, Center researchers seek to use polymers and soft/nanoscale materials cooperatively towards new interdisciplinary projects that focus on polymer-metal and 2D materials interfaces, finite assemblies from programmable components, and nanoscale materials at fluid-fluid interfaces.