MNTL is home to several national research centers (listed below) that are funded by NSF, NIH, the Department of Defense and others. In addition, our faculty participate in multidisciplinary research centers and labs on campus, including the Beckman Institute, the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Coordinated Science Lab, and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab.

NSF Science & Technology Center (STC): Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems


Rashid Bashir, Associate Director

  • Creating a new scientific discipline for building living, multi-cellular machines that solve real-world problems in health, security, and the environment.
  • This multi-university center is led by MIT and includes researchers from University of Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology, City College of New York, Morehouse College, University of California-Merced, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emory University, Princeton University, Tufts University, and University of Georgia.

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NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT): Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and BioNanotechnology

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  • Training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers of cellular and molecular mechanics and bionanotechnology.
  • Illinois partners include, Georgia Tech, MIT, Columbia, University of California-Merced, NC Central, Argonne National Lab, University of California-San Diego, Cambridge, and National University of Singapore.

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NIH/NCI Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center

  • Training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers and applications of nanotechnology in cancer research.
  • Illinois partners include, University of Illinois at Chicago, Indiana University, Mayo Clinic, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgia Tech, Stanford School of Medicine.

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Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/UCRC)

Brian Cunningham, Director

  • Conducting industry-relevant fundamental research, enhancing graduate education, and facilitating tech transfer to industry.

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Army Research Office-MURI: Fundamental Study of Defects and Their Reduction in Type-II Superlattice Materials

Dan Wasserman, Director

  • Advancing the predicted high performance of antimony-based type-II superlattices (T2SLs) through a thorough understanding of defect physics, growth processes, and detector theory.
  • Led by the University of Illinois, partner institutions include Arizona State University, Georgia Tech, and University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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National Institutes of Health
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