Welcome to PCCM

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) is a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Princeton University.  Established in 1994, the PCCM is dedicated to pushing the frontiers of complexity in materials science - bringing together over thirty faculty from six departments in the natural sciences and engineering. Currently funded by the NSF (DMR-1420541), the PCCM supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and several seed projects. The current IRGs are focused on research in the newly discovered topological phases of electrons and materials, surface and dynamics in confined polymers, and the development of ultra coherent quantum materials. In addition to forefront materials research, the center sponsors an active educational outreach program involving elementary, middle and high schools, as well as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and teacher programs. Industrial collaboration is another important aspect of PCCM's research initiatives.


Thursday, Aug 3, 2017
Researchers have discovered how to identify new examples of topological materials, which have unique and desirable electronic properties. The technique involves finding the connection between band theory, which describes the energy levels of electrons in a solid, with a material’s topological nature.
Thursday, Aug 3, 2017
A Princeton research team led by Professor Claire White (PCCM IRG-2 and Seed 3 senior investigator) is helping to develop new materials that work as well as cement but drastically cut carbon emissions related to cement production.
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
Clifford Brangwynne (PCCM IRG-2 senior investigator), worked with postdoctoral researcher Ming-Tzo Wei and interdisciplinary collaborators to develop a method for looking at watery structures inside cells.