• Each summer since 2002, PCCM brings high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to Princeton to attend the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA), a three-week program held from July 8-25, 2019. This year, 15 students
  • Princeton researchers led by Andrew Houck, IRG-3 co-leader, and lead author Alicia Kollár, PCCM postdoctoral fellow, built an electronic array on a microchip. Their research results appeared in Nature (July 2019).
  • The US Department of Energy has named Jeff Thompson (senior investigator with PCCM's IRG-3) the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Award, with five years of significant funding from the department's Office of Science.
  • PCCM IRG-1 investigators, Ali Yazdani and B. Andrei Bernevig, report strong electron interactions play a key role in the superconductivity that has been discovered in twisted graphene. Nature (Aug. 2019)
  • The newly created position provides academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus. Priestley (CBE) is co-leader of PCCM's IRG-2.

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. 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 topological phases of electrons and materials, surface and dynamics in confined polymers, and the development of ultra coherent quantum materials.

A parallel mission for PCCM is to share the excitement of materials research and engineering via its diverse education and STEM outreach (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs with the goal of educating a new generation of researchers. The PCCM programs are tailored for the general public, K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Our active educational and outreach programs include a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and teacher programs.

PCCM has fostered collaborative partnerships beyond academia to include small start-up companies, large corporations, and national laboratories. PCCM’s industrial collaborations have generated new intellectual property and innovative applications. These partnerships not only are an important part of our research initiatives, but also connect students and postdocs with industrial researchers and leaders, providing valuable professional development opportunities beyond academia.

RECENT NEWS

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019

Each summer since 2002, PCCM brings high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to Princeton to attend the ...

Friday, Aug 2, 2019

Princeton researchers led by Andrew Houck, IRG-3 co-leader, and lead author...

Friday, Aug 2, 2019

The US Department of Energy has named Jeff Thompson (senior investigator with PCCM's IRG-3) the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Award, with five...