Materials Research Institute


Materials Research, Education, and Global Community Building

Materials Research Institute

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) was established in 1997 as an independent university unit that supports crosscutting initiatives in materials research, education, and global community building.

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Materials innovation and solar energy research

NU-NIMS Center for Materials Innovation

NU-NIMS Center for Materials Innovation was established on the campus of Northwestern University and the NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) Namiki site in 2012. The Center's mission is to engage in complementary and collaborative cutting–edge research among members of the two institutions.

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NSF-International Materials Institute for Solar Energy and Environment (IMI-SEE)

The mission of IMI-SEE was to foster leading edge materials research in critical areas of solar energy conversion and environmental protection through global cooperation and global leadership training.

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Creating formal and informal teaching and learning programs for K-12 and tertiary education


Materials World Modules Program (MWM) is an NSF-funded content development and teacher professional development project operating in the US and internationally.

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Interactive Materials World Modules (i-MWM) is MWM’s web-based interactive multimedia STEM curricula for use on computers, laptops, and mobile devices for learning any place or time.

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From 2004-2011 NSF-National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) was a program led by Northwestern University with 10 major US partners to develop formal nanoscience and engineering concepts for grades 6-16 STEM curriculum.

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From 2006-2013 Global School for Advanced Studies (GSAS) developed global leadership capabilities in young US researchers with support from NSF, Taiwan, Qatar, and France.

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National Center for Materials World Modules Outreach

National Center for Materials World Modules Outreach History was a DOD-funded (~$7 million) precollege MWM program from 2007-2011. In April 2008 instructors from Northwestern University conducted two major training sessions at the New Jersey MWM outreach program.

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Community Building

Creating global communities in materials science research and applications

Global Materials Network (GMN)

GMN for young researchers was launched in 2012 in Singapore under joint support of the NSF and the Singapore Materials Research Society. Collaboration was held via cyber and in-person meetings.

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International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS)

MRI helps to serve the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) with 14 adhering bodies on six continents.

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Materials World Network (MWN)

The Materials World Network (MWN) generates a framework of collaborative agreements between NSF and its counterparts around the world. 

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Contact Us

Materials Research Institute
1801 Maple Ave, Suite 2433 - Box 37
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-467-2489 | Fax: 847-467-5544

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