The innovation engine for new materials

Dow Materials Institute

The Dow Materials Institute (DowMI) at UCSB is an interdisciplinary materials research center funded by the Dow Chemical Company as part of their commitment to invest $25 million annually in US Universities. Founded in October 2011, the primary role of the DowMI is to enable a close partnership between the research and development community at Dow and the faculty, staff and students at UCSB.

The DowMI brings together researchers from across UCSB’s Chemistry, Materials Science, and Engineering departments to work on fundamental challenges that are of interest to industry and academia. The high impact research projects center around the theme of function by structural design, with applications areas that range from next generation microelectronics to high performance commodity polymers.

The center enables the education and training of students and postdocs, and fosters their development in highly interdisciplinary, collaborative teams. The partnership between internationally recognized academics and industry experts serves to both accelerate innovation and help shape future scientific leaders. Read More»