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A comprehensive center that integrates interdisciplinary materials research with innovative outreach to inspire excellence in all aspects of science and engineering


The UMN MRSEC is pleased to announce the Frank Snowden Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Within the collaborative and cross disciplinary environment of the UMN MRSEC, Snowden fellows will engage in exciting research projects aligned with IRG 1: Ionic Control of Materials, IRG-2: Mesoscale Network Materials, or a Seed Project. Fellows will additionally participate in a variety of MRSEC professional and career development opportunities, including workshops about topics such as building an inclusive climate, dealing with conflict, self-advocacy, as well as networking opportunities with visiting academic and industrial scientists, and specific preparation for future academic careers. Additionally, fellows will have opportunities to act as mentors and role models for young learners (K-12 through undergraduate) through participation in a suite of outreach activities.

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2022 MRSEC Science Slam

Zhenguan Shen (Lodge/Siepmann) and Tristan K. Truttmann (Jalan) were the UMN MRSEC candidates for the first-ever NSF MRSEC Science Slam. Contestants made videos highlighting their research in creative ways. The videos are intended to inform the general public about the latest research taking place at MRSECs across the country. Transcripts are also available in pdf format. You can view all of the 2022 Science Slam entries at

Don Zhengyuan Shen: Can AI Help Materials Design and Discovery? [pdf transcript]

Tristan K. Truttmann: Getting out of a Sticky Situation: What the Hydrogen Economy Can Learn from the Chocolate Industry. [pdf transcript]


Kresge (IRG-2, Calabrese) wins President's Student Leadership and Service Award

Postiglione (IRG-1, Leighton/Greven) and Ghosh (IRG-1, Mkhoyan/Jalan), are among the 2022-2023 Doctoral Dissertation Fellows

Mahmoud Matar Abed (Seed, Haynes) receives GEM Fellowship sponsored by NASA

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What controls electrostatic vs electrochemical response in electrolyte-gated materials? A perspective on critical materials factors

Dopant Segregation Inside and Outside Dislocation Cores in Perovskite BaSnO3 and Reconstruction of the Local Atomic and Electronic Structures

Alternating Gyroid in Block Polymer Blends

Phase Behavior of Linear-Bottlebrush Block Polymers

Holey Substrate-Directed Strain Patterning in Bilayer MoS2

Intermolecular Forces Dictate Vibrational Energy Transfer in Plasmonic–Molecule Systems

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Dopant Segregation at Dislocations in an Emerging Oxide Semiconductor

Stabilizing A Double Gyroid Network Phase by Blending of LAM and CYL Forming Block Oligomers

Holey Substrate-Directed Strain Patterning in Bilayer MoS2

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National Science Foundation

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award Number DMR-2011401

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