The Materials Research Lab (MRL) fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science by bringing together world-class faculty, staff, postdocs, students, and industry in materials science, condensed matter physics, and materials chemistry in a highly-collaborative, progressive research environment.




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King named IEEE Fellow

News | December 7, 2021

Study identifies trace metals in propellant, method to mitigate decomposition

A salt used to create a green rocket fuel is known to decompose metals—such as those in metal propellant storage tanks. Recent research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found that there are also trace metals in the fuel itself and investigated a way to slow the decomposition using compounds that bind to metals.

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News | January 21, 2022

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MRL facilities are staffed by full-time professional research scientists and support personnel who share your passion for discovery. 

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The MRL facilities provides 24/7 open access to this state-of-the-art instrumentation. Our expert staff provides detailed training on instrument operation, perform fabrication, processing, characterization, and analysis of samples upon request, and will work with you throughout all the steps of your research in the MRL (including experiment design and instrument modification if necessary).

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MRL has one of the largest shared-instrumentation facilities in the nation, with over 100 advanced instruments for materials fabrication, processing and characterization, supporting the education and research of over 1000 scientists and engineers.

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