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Princeton Center for Complex Materials

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Princeton Center for Complex Materials  (Princeton University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) 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.

PCCM is dedicated to pushing the frontiers of complexity in materials science. The Center’s four-pronged research program includes study of a new class of materials called Dirac Materials; molecular interfaces and systems formed by non-traditional methods, e.g., printing, lamination and laser-assisted deposition; self-assembly; and quantum control in semiconductor nanostructures, with a particular emphasis on spins.

Education & Outreach

PCCM’s outreach mission is to increase awareness and knowledge of materials science by drawing on the Center’s array of faculty, staff, facilities, and collaborative network. PCCM hosts or sponsors major programs and events and partners with educational groups to target multiple audiences.

For K-12 students, PCCM hosts the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA) each summer, where students learn from lectures by faculty members and lead teachers and through hands-on, inquiry-based activities, labs modeled after actual experiments done by PCCM researchers. For undergraduate students and science educators, PCCM hosts Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs that give participants the chance to conduct their own research with PCCM experts and earn a stipend. Through its Science Curriculum Support Project, PCCM facilitates teams of scientists and elementary and middle-school teachers in the creation of high-quality, hands-on, inquiry-centered science curricula.

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