Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
This is an optical microscopy image of a collection of monodisperse quintuple emulsions formed using a sequential drop maker array fabricated in PDMS.
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is the focus of Harvard's long tradition of interdisciplinary materials research. The Harvard MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation, and identifies new research areas to train and retain students in materials science and engineering.

Program Highlights

Electrically Collapsible Hydrogels with Enhanced Mechanical Toughness

Sensor Skin
A Platform for Highly Stretchable, Biocompatible, Transparent Sensors.

Shared Experimental Facilities
The Center supports the operation of essential shared facilities.

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February 7, 2014
Discovery could improve coatings and drug delivery systems, and shed light on how viruses assemble.

August 29, 2013
Gel-based audio speaker demonstrates capabilities of ionic conductors, long thought limited in application.


59th New England Complex Fluids workshop
June 27, 2014
Cabot Business & Technology Center, Billerica, MA

7th Annual Future Faculty Workshop
July 20 - 22, 2014
Co-sponsored by the NSF and MRSEC (Harvard and MIT) | A 2.5 day mentorship workshop for underrepresented minority senior graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to become academic researchers.

Squishy Science Seminars
Wed. evenings at 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Harvard MRSEC | Informal talks with emphasis on new results and ideas, rather than polished presentations.

Science & Cooking Lecture Series
Mon. evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Harvard MRSEC | Harvard Science Center, One Oxford Street, Hall C
Informal talks and lectures by world-class chefs and food experts to discuss scientific topics.