Material research is at heart of many important problems facing our nation and the world—from those concerning more efficient use of energy to the development of new generation of electronics. Princeton has a large group of scientists and engineers active in modern materials research across different department on campus addressing many of these important research challenges. The PCCM’s aim is to bring together teams of faculty to addressed specific problems at the forefront of material research. A defining feature of the research approach at the PCCM is the tight-knit collaborations between researchers with complementary expertise spanning material synthesis, advance characterization, as well as theoretical modeling. Besides its research aim, the PCCM is also focused to bring the excitement of material research more broadly through its diverse education and outreach programs. Through this exposure, it aims to educate the new generation of researchers in science and engineering.