Material Research Laboratory

The innovation engine for new materials

Widely recognized as one of the top five materials research facilities in the world, the MRL serves as the innovation engine for discoveries in new materials. The facility is home to a scientific and engineering community that creates new collective knowledge and fosters the next generation of scientific leaders. By enabling modern technological advances, the high-impact research conducted at the MRL and its affiliated centers has enormous societal impact, and is shaping the future of technology, the environment, and medicine.

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Materials Research Outreach Program Symposium (MROP 2024)

Join MRL members Jan 29th and 30th, 2024 for the Materials Research Outreach Program.  Click HERE for more information.


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Carlos Levi and Thuc-Queyn

Levi and Nguyen Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Carlos Levi and Thuc-Queyn Nguyen for being inducted into the National Academy of Engineering!

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UC Santa Barbara's MRSEC Receives NSF Funding

The MRL is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundataion has awarded UC Santa Barbara's Materials Research Science a…

Allison L. Chau

Allison Chau Invited to Attend 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Please join us in congratulating Allison Chau for being selected to join an exclusive group of around 600 graduate students from…

Megan Valentine

Professor Valentine's Soft Matter Article Featured by Soft Matter Editorial Board

Professor Megan Valentine's Soft Matter article “High-throughput microscopy to determine morphology, microrheology, and phase bo…


Summer 2024

The Materials Research Laboratory and the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara offer exciting internships to science and engineering students from UCSB and other universities to acquire research experience in a variety of exciting fields.

Don’t miss our deadlines.


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The UC Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory and the NSF MRSEC program are committed to providing access to a diverse group of students, researchers and faculty and to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for all.

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Support for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation, Division of
Materials Research under the Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers Program DMR 2308708

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