Current Academic

iMR initiative

initiative for Materials Research

In 2018, Center Director Dr. Joachim Kohn spearheaded the founding of the The initiative for Materials Research at Rutgers University (iMR@RU). It works across the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering with the overall goal of raising the university’s competitiveness and national visibility in this emerging and increasingly important field.

Materials research connects the biological, mathematical, and physical sciences and engineering, from microscopy to lasers and LEDs to medical devices and implants that save millions of lives and provides a rich “playing field” for highly fundable, impactful collaborative research.

Dr. Joachim Kohn is serving as the inaugural Chair and is supported by Jak Chakalain (Professor Claud Lovelace Endowed Chair in Experimental Physics), and Stephen Tse (Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering).

The iMR@RU works to identify a broad range of funding opportunities and private sector partnerships. Additional activities of the iMR include organizing workshops, symposium, and outreach efforts to increase the visibility of Rutgers materials research and build communities of faculty. As the initiative grows, the iMR@RU is reaching out to leading material scientists and research programs nationwide to help build national teams that can compete for major funding opportunities.

One of the first priorities of the University is building institutional capacity in advanced materials. iMR@RU is one of the components of this new priority. iMR@RU’s goal is to form working groups around major funding initiatives, and conduct outreach events to increase the visibility of Rutgers faculty for academic and industry collaboration.

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