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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Launch Celebration

2019 Nobel Laureate Professor Stan Whittingham, who was key to the discovery of intercalation chemistry and the design of lithium-ion batteries, will share a keynote address

Join us on September 29 as we formally launch the UC San Diego Institute for Ma

Recent News

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

August 10, 2020

Nanoengineering and chemical engineering at UC San Diego in the spotlight

A creative group of faculty, students and staff within the University of California San Diego are taking innovative approaches to develop breakthroughs in nanomedicine, flexible electronics, and energy storage. Together, this group makes up the Department of NanoEngineering and the Chemical Engineering Program at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. A virtual issue of the journal ACS Nano highlights the wide ranging research, educational and workforce-development contributions of this extraordinary group.  Full Story

August 7, 2020

Engineer Earns Presidential Award for Improving Underrepresented Student Access to STEM Experiences

Olivia Graeve, a UC San Diego professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House. The award was created in 1995 to honor extraordinary individuals whose efforts have helped provide underrepresented groups with access to opportunities in STEM. Full Story