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Affiliated Research Centers

Affiliated Research Centers

CEI helps interdisciplinary UW teams establish and operate nationally-recognized centers for clean energy research.


The Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM·C) is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) that promotes the design, development, and deployment of new complex nanomaterials for information processing, sensing, energy, and research tools.



The Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT) is a joint research collaboration between UW and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. NW IMPACT is transforming energy, telecommunications, medicine, information technology, and other fields through the science of making materials.



The Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS) is a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), housed at UW in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Chicago. Biologists, engineers, and physical scientists are researching self-assembly at the molecular scale, including building blocks like proteins and inorganic nanoparticles, in order to create new materials for energy applications.



Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies (DIRECT) is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program for graduate students. It offers students the modern data science tools needed to accelerate research discovery and enhance the impact of clean energy research.



Programmable Quantum Materials (Pro-QM) is a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) housed at Columbia University in partnership with UW, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Flatiron Institute. Pro-QM explores the behaviors of quantum materials with new techniques, such as advanced mapping and manipulation of material systems in real time.