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UConn's Institute of Materials Science (IMS) was established in 1965 as an advanced materials research center, providing superior graduate research education in the interdisciplinary fields of materials science and engineering. We also offer materials characterization and materials analysis services to Connecticut’s industries.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are among the core values of the University of Connecticut and the Institute of Materials Science. We recognize that diversity in outlook and approach, equity on all levels, and total inclusion all contribute to a vibrant intellectual environment, promote deep understanding of our society's shared challenges, and cultivate perspectives needed to solve problems of the future. Our team is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment where we value and develop employees of all backgrounds and experiences. We firmly believe collaboration among team members with varied experiences, perspectives and viewpoints generates more incisive and deeper insight that better serves our people, partners, customers, and communities.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

The Institute of Materials Science offers advanced degrees in Polymer Science and Materials Science.

Research Facilities


Our state-of-the-art research facilities provide the tools for our students and faculty to conduct research that is changing the future of materials science.

Industry Outreach/IAP

materials characterization and analysis services

The IMS Industrial Affiliates Program provides materials characterization and analytical services to our industry partners.


Dr. Alexandru Asandei

Alex Asandei Awarded 6th
Consecutive Single-PI
NSF Grant

Kasi research group members at the ACS 2024 Spring Meeting in New Orleans, LA

IMS Polymer Program
Students Attend ACS
Spring 2024 Meeting

Yasmin Bimbatti Receives 2024 Stephanie H. Shaw Scholarship

IMS Polymer Program Honors
Two Ph.D. Students

Jessica Rouge, Ph.D.

Jasna Jankovic Named 2024
Distinguished Engineering

Ph.D. Student Tianjian Yang

Tianjian Yang is 2024 Finalist
for Eastman Chemical
Student Award

A robotic welding arms in operation.

UConn Signs Contract With Air
Force Research Laboratory

Ph.D. Student Pragati Rout

Pragati Rout Wins Inaugural
Boehringer Ingelheim

MSE Ph.D. Student Luis Ortiz

Graduate Student’s Mission
to Advance Latino Recruitment
and Participation in STEM


Polymer Program Seminars

IMS Seminar - Michael A. Rogers

IAP 2024 Annual Meeting

IMS Industrial Affiliates Program 2024 Annual Meeting Announcement

IMS Newsletter 2024

IMS Newsletter