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UMass Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Polymers  (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst unites the efforts of a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional faculty and builds on a tradition of excellence at the frontiers of polymer science and engineering. MRSECs, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society. Work at the UMass MRSEC could lead to the development of smaller, faster and more efficient devices using nanoscopic elements that will be a key to America's technological competitiveness in the next decade. Research at the UMass MRSEC could also lend valuable insight into material surfaces that dictate interactions with the environment, affecting properties ranging from optical reflectivity to cell adhesion.

Education & Outreach

In addition to cutting edge research, the UMass MRSEC supports educational outreach and public awareness of science. Its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supports undergraduates from throughout the nation by providing a summer research experience in the MRSEC Laboratories. The Advancing Research and Collaboration with High schools (ARCh) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs do the same for high school students and K-12 teachers from throughout the United States. Additional programs provide shorter term experiences for high school and K-12 students with polymers and their every day uses.

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