About Us

The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science. MRL brings together world-class faculty and students in condensed matter physics, materials chemistry, and materials science in a highly collaborative research environment. Many departments on campus are represented, including:

MRL is also home to several large-scale, multi-investigator research programs. These research activities are supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division (DOE BES\DMS); Department of Defense (DOD) agencies and DARPA; the National Science Foundation (NSF); other federal agencies; industry; and the University of Illinois.

We aim to educate scientists and engineers at the graduate and post-doctoral levels in the broadly defined discipline of materials science, and to transfer science and technology developed at MRL to other DOE National Laboratories and to U.S. industry via research collaborations, mutually supportive interactions, and hiring of our outstanding students and post-doctoral researchers.

MRL boasts an exceptional array of research facilities, including:

We are the largest supplier of scientists and engineers educated in the use of advanced instruments for the materials sciences. Approximately 400 new users are educated each year.

Since its inception in 1962, there have been eight directors at MRL; Prof. Paul V. Braun currently serves in that position.