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The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brown University is one of a nationwide network of MRSEC’s sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF sponsors MRSEC’s as centers of excellence that support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality in our nation. The MRSEC program enables faculty to engage in research problems of a broader scope and complexity than those addressed by a single investigator and to address problems that require the advantages of a larger infrastructure and interdisciplinary expertise provided by a campus-based research center.

The MRSEC at Brown University began in 1996, and was renewed in 2000 and 2005.  The current MRSEC research is focused on Micro- and Nano- Mechanics of Materials.  The goals of the center are to 1) perform leading edge research in the mechanics of materials on multiple length scales down to the nano-scale and apply principles of solid mechanics to cell adhesion and other biological problems; 2) use the faculty and university resources to achieve broader impact in the areas of science education, technology transfer, human resource development and creation of a more diverse scientific community.

The MRSEC is administered through the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI)/Center for Advanced Materials Research (CAMR) at Brown University.  The Director of the Center is W.A. Curtin who is advised by an executive committee that contains a representative from each IRG (E. Chason, A. Bower) and the seed project (L.B. Freund).

The most recent Executive Summary of Brown’s MRSEC can be read by clicking here.

For more information on NSF MRSEC’s can be found at http://mrsec.org/