Princeton Center for Complex Materials


Discover Complex Materials at Princeton

Here at Princeton, our research is pushing the frontiers of materials science - bringing together over thirty faculty from six departments in the sciences and engineering.
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Welcome to PCCM

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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 exploring 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.

** PCCM is pleased to announce that the NSF has provided the Center with a new award of $18M over the next six years to accelerate exploration of quantum technologies and biology-inspired materials. Details regarding the Center's new research directions. **

A parallel mission for PCCM is to share the excitement of materials research and engineering via its educational and outreach programs that cultivate an inclusive and diverse highly skilled workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). PCCM's educational and outreach programs are designed for K-12 students and undergraduates, many of which attract and engage underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities to discover materials science and share the excitement of their research with the broader community.

Beyond the Princeton campus, PCCM also has key collaborations with industry, national labs, and domestic and international institutions that enhance the ability for scientists to exchange information and build on their research findings, and create new opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other early-career scientists and engineers.

Educational Programs


Educational outreach at the Princeton Center for Complex Materials supports the broader impact efforts of Princeton Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Outreach Programs


PCCM hosts a full slate of outreach events for k-12 students, families and the public to engage and promote the excitement and societal impact of materials science and engineering.


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