Image of toughened elastomer sample Credit: Matt Perko, UCSB
Credit: Matt Perko, UCSB

Overview

CNSI researchers are leading the discovery and optimization of advanced materials for energy management, water purification, quantum science, healthcare and robotics. The discovery pipeline combines innovations in design, computation, manufacturing, characterization and analysis to develop enhanced processes and materials targeted for specific applications. This work leverages the cutting-edge infrastructure for materials science at UC Santa Barbara, provided by the NSF-sponsored Quantum Foundry and BioPACIFIC MIP, as well as the Materials Research Laboratory, an NSF MRSEC.

 Affiliated Researchers

Assistant Professor
We are interested in the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of new soft materials.
Professor
Multiscale modeling of mechanisms and microstructure/property relations in high performance alloys, hcp metals, and nanostructured materials.
Distinguished Professor
Quantum dot lasers, silicon photonics, optoelectronics, and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks.
Professor
Our group studies organic and organic-inorganic hybrid semiconducting materials for flexible electronics.
Analysis and design of catalytic processes that promote sustainable chemical production and conversion.
Assistant Professor
Our research endeavors to elucidate the structure-property relationships in electrochemical materials used, for instance, in rechargeable batteries.
Professor
Research at the intersection of experimental mechanics, materials science, and machine learning.
Professor
Research interests include growth of wide-bandgap (GaN based) semiconductors and their application to blue LEDs as well as laser and high power electronic devices. This research has led to the first U.S. University demonstration of a blue GaN laser diode.
Distinguished Professor
The Fredrickson group has pioneered the development of field-theoretic simulations and pursued applications of the technique to understand complex classical polymer and quantum many-boson systems.
Senior Workshop Wizard
Researching fabrication of x-ray transparent microfluidic devices and damage accumulation in ceramic matrix composites.
Distinguished Professor
Co-Director, CNSI
Developing advanced polymerization methods for new applications by combining traditional organic and polymer chemistry.
Assistant Professor
We work at the intersection of design, mechanics, and materials. We develop innovative design concepts and apply non-traditional materials to solve challenging problems in robotics, medicine, and biomechanics.
Professor
Bottom-up Assembly of Nanomaterials.
Professor
Integrated photonics; silicon photonics; optical communications; nanophotonics; microwave photonics; compound semiconductors; photonic integration techniques; and electronic-photonic integration.
Assistant Professor
We develop ultrafast electron microscopy to image nanoscale energy transport. This knowledge can lead to better renewable energy systems.
Assistant Professor
Professor Moody’s research group develops integrated quantum photonic technologies for computing, communications, and metrology.
Distinguished Research Professor
Discovery of biophysical & genetic surrogates for phosphorylation controlling amyloid formation, protein assembly, structure & function.
Professor
Research interests are doping and transport in organic semiconductors, materials characterization, bioelectronics, and device physics
Assistant Professor
Soft, biological, and bio-inspired materials and interfaces.
Professor
Associate Director, CNSI
The goal of our research is to develop robust and efficient synthetic approaches for applications in functional materials.
Associate Professor
We study subwavelength light-matter interactions to better understand and exploit nanoscale optical properties.
Edward N. Kramer Professor
Dept Chair of Chemical Engineering
Bioinspired polymer synthesis and self-assembly to control properties.
Professor
Work in the Seshadri lab broadly addresses the topic of structure–composition–property relations in crystalline inorganic and hybrid materials, with a focus on magnetic materials and materials for energy conversion and storage.
Professor
Our lab focuses on quantum materials, in particular, thin films and heterostructures of correlated oxides and topological materials.
Assistant Professor
Engineering biomaterials for mechanobiology.
Professor
Dmitri’s research broadly concerns different aspects of computation, in particular addressing questions on how to efficiently perform computation on various levels of abstraction.
Professor
Co-Director, CNSI
Mechanics of cells and tissues; design of bio-inspired materials with applications to packaging, healthcare and robotics; instrument development.
Professor
Van de Walle develops and employs first-principles computational techniques to model structure and behavior of materials.
Associate Professor
Research on haptic science and engineering, soft robotics, and additive manufacturing.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Vlcek's research enables an accurate quantum description of realistic nanoscale systems.
Assistant Professor
We use photo-switchable proteins to precisely control how information flows through biological networks to understand how cells make decisions.
Professor
Associate Director, CNSI
Synthesis and advanced characterization of new quantum materials.
Assistant Professor
Micro and nanoscale thermo-fluid engineering for sustainable energy and electronics.