The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) provides superior graduate research education in the interdisciplinary fields of materials science and engineering, and provides materials-related technical outreach to Connecticut’s industries. IMS operates and maintains extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation including a wide range of laboratories. Support facilities include an electronics shop and an instrument and machine shop.
Over 100 faculty members from twenty departments including the UConn Health Center are affiliated with IMS, contributing to the Institute’s interdisciplinary research programs. Primary disciplines represented are chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, polymer science, pharmacy, molecular and cell biology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomaterials, and biosciences.
IMS supports over 100 graduate students in three primary fields of study, Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science, and Materials Science. In addition, graduate students in affiliated departments use IMS facilities to perform materials-related research.
The Institute is also home to the Industrial Affiliates Program, an industry outreach program which assists Connecticut companies in their research and development efforts to improve new and existing products. The Industrial Affiliates Program provides many benefits for member companies, including access to facilities and faculty at UConn, short courses, and other resources that can assist in materials-related problem solving for industry.
Industrial Affiliates Program Annual Meeting
The IMS Industrial Affiliates Program will hold the 2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Representatives from member companies and invited guests are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attendance but registration is required by May 15th, 2016. Read more
Upcoming Industrial Affiliates Program Short Courses
Advanced Composite Materials on June 21 & 22, 2016
Advanced composite materials are being used in many diverse industries and applications, such as, aerospace, marine, automotive, medical, energy, and recreation. Besides improving performance and saving weight, these materials provide the designer with the ability to tailor the mechanical and thermal properties of the structure. Read more
Scattering A Method for Global Nonstructural Characterization on Dec. 13 & 14, 2016
The function of advanced nanomaterials strongly correlates with their nano-structure. The two most common techniques to probe nanostructures are microscopy and scattering. These two methods are complementary yet most are familiar only with the former which provides real images of local structures (i.e., micrometer or nanometer square). Scattering provides global (average) information of the nanostructures and has the advantage of providing in situ measurements under complex conditions e.g., solutions, solid, temperature, external fields. Read more.
The issue is filled with inspiring stories of breakthrough research, landmark achievements, and numerous other accomplishments of IMS students, alumni, faculty and staff members.