We discover, design, and characterize
the advanced materials humanity needs.


At UC San Diego, we leverage our cross-disciplinary expertise to discover, design, and characterize advanced materials needed to address global societal challenges. Our materials work is relevant for developing zero- and low-carbon energy and transportation systems; cost-effective healthcare advances; solutions for natural-resource sustainability; and next-generation information technologies.


This work is grounded in our ability to control materials at the level of atoms and electrons.


Equally important, we are world-leaders in characterizing the structure and function of materials at the nanoscale level using a suite of cutting-edge analytical and theoretical tools, many of which we have developed here at UC San Diego.


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Recent News

October 9, 2020

UC San Diego Launches Institute for Materials Discovery and Design

Climate change, public health and equal access to food and water are some of the biggest challenges facing humanity--and materials science can help provide solutions for them all. That was the message researchers shared during the launch of the Institute for Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) at the University of California San Diego, held virtually Sept. 29.   Full Story

September 17, 2020

Toward all-solid-state lithium metal batteries

New work published in September 2020 in the journal Joule, led by researchers in the lab of UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Shirley Meng, will help explain this stability. In particular, the work unravels some of the mystery of the interface between lithium metal and LiPON. Full Story

August 18, 2020

Diamonds, Pencils Inspire Scientists to Create Multipurpose Protein Tool

Researchers created protein crystals that generate surprising electrical charge that could be useful for various new materials applications. Full Story