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Center on Polymer Interfaces & Macromolecular Assemblies

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Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA)  (Stanford University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

CPIMA is a partnership among Stanford University, IBM Almaden Research Center, the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley. CPIMA is dedicated to fundamental research on interfaces found in systems containing polymers and low molecular weight amphiphiles. Research at CPIMA covers the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials, structure and dynamics of confined systems, and functional biomolecular membranes. CPIMA also considers new Seed Projects annually. Tangible outcomes of research in CPIMA impact chemical and biological sensors, nanostructures for microelectronics, lubrication and adhesion.

Education & Outreach

The education programs and partnerships of CPIMA promote science education and awareness of materials science - with a special emphasis on polymers - throughout society. Activities are targeted at students of all levels (elementary to graduate) as well as the general public, with a special emphasis on underrepresented groups.

CPIMA’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program provides allows students to participate in a ten-week summer research program alongside CPIMA experts. Students can learn in an industrial or academic research setting. The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed to spark teacher interest in science; to expose teachers to research environments; to teach science and engineering concepts.

CPIMA formed a partnership with the California Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Community College Program (MCCP) to promote math and science careers among community college students, especially those from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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