The University of Maryland MRSEC grants ended in September 2013 after 17 years of successful operation. This site remains as a history of the center, but will not be actively maintained.


The University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is part of a network of national Materials Research centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MRSEC's activities focus on three general areas:

For more details on the NSF MRSEC program, visit

The Maryland MRSEC was established under the directorship of Professor Ellen Williams with an NSF award in September 1996. After a successful four-year run, NSF renewed the MRSEC in September 2000. In September 2005, the MRSEC proudly announced a third award from NSF to continue its cutting-edge research and innovative outreach activities. After a successful 17 years of operation, the UMD-MRSEC grant ended in September 2013.

The Maryland MRSEC carries out nationally recognized fundamental research on surfaces and interfaces of materials with potential impact on the next generation of opto- and nano-electronic devices, and on complex oxides with potential applications in memory, switches and sensors. The research is closely integrated with a continuing educational outreach program that has a direct impact on the education of a diverse population of K 12 students and teachers.

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