Materials research is at the heart of many important problems facing our nation and the world—from those concerning the more efficient use of energy to the development of a new generation of electronics. Princeton has a large group of scientists and engineers active in modern materials research across different departments on campus addressing many of these important research challenges. The PCCM’s aim is to bring together teams of faculty to address specific problems at the forefront of materials research. A defining feature of the research approach at the PCCM is the tight-knit collaborations between researchers with complementary expertise spanning materials synthesis, advanced characterization, as well as theoretical modeling. In addition to its research aim, the PCCM is also focused on bringing the excitement of materials 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.