Centers and Institutes

Materials science and engineering is a naturally multidisciplinary field. Our researchers are involved in a breadth of innovation through these centers and institutes.

Michigan Materials Research Institute (MMRI)
MMRI is the catalyst to build a community amongst the materials researchers across the university, to create a portal for government and companies to identify key capabilities, to enable the sharing of research equipment and to prioritize critical gaps, and to enable the awarding of large materials research grants. MMRI has the vision to be the foundation that catalyzes the formation of multiple multi-million-dollar research centers, major instrumentation and infrastructure sponsored by federal agencies and industry, leading to Michigan’s reputation as the best university in the U.S. for engineered materials research.  

Predictive Integrated Structural Materials Science Center (PRISMS)
Combining the efforts of computational and experimental researchers, the goal of this center is development of an integrated suite of validated computational tools that are designed to accelerate the development of new structural metals.


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Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)
LIFT is a multi-university, industry/government sponsored Institute developing advanced manufacturing processes for lightweight metallic components for transportation applications. The Institute is a non-profit company headquartered in Michigan with the University of Michigan as one of its founding members.


(MC)2 = Materials Characterization & State-of-the-art Microscopy
The Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, or (MC)2, is the new College of Engineering’s (CoE’s) shared microscopy and characterization facility. (MC)2 houses state-of-the-art equipment, including aberration corrected transmission electron microscopes, dual beam focused ion beam / scanning electron microscopes, an x-ray photo-electron spectrometer, a tribo-indenter, an atomic force microscope, and an atom probe tomography instrument.


Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials
The Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials (C-PHOM) is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, established in 2011. The center’s research activity is focused on two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG’s): wide-bandgap nanostructured materials for quantum light emitters and advanced electromagnetic metamaterials and near-field tools. The center is housed primarily at the University of Michigan; the Metamaterials IRG is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Purdue University. Other participating institutions include the University of Texas at Austin, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Wayne State University, and City College of CUNY.


Biointerfaces Institute
The future of biomedical research requires not only innovative science and technology, but a reinventing of the research process itself. This vision of a new academic research blueprint emphasizing interdisciplinary efforts at the interface between life sciences, physical sciences and engineering is the compelling reason that the University of Michigan created the Biointerfaces Institute in 2012.

Michigan Energy Institute
The Michigan Energy Institute is committed to diversifying the global energy portfolio and improving the way existing resources are used. The challenges of sustainable travel, lighting, heating, cooling, manufacturing and construction demand interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration. With over 130 faculty affiliates conducting over $50 million in research each year, the University of Michigan Energy Institute initiatives span 19 disciplines, several countries and a range of industries.
Engineering research thrusts include carbon-free energy sources, energy storage and
utilization, and transportation systems and fuels.


Energy Institute