Welcome to the Institute for Materials

Materials discovery is the foundation of many new technologies and is vital to economic growth as well as to the development of solutions to 21st century challenges in energy, mobility, infrastructure, computing, communications, security, and health. Founded in 2012 as one of Georgia Tech’s 11 interdisciplinary research institutes, the Institute for Materials at Georgia Tech seeks to enable and support Georgia Tech’s internationally recognized materials research and innovation ecosystem; establishing and supporting large-scale industry and government partnerships, developing opportunities for Georgia Tech researchers to catalyze new ideas, and establishing Georgia Tech as an internationally recognized hub for core materials research facilities, infrastructure and knowledge.

Interdisciplinary Research

New concepts are devised in IMat's labs with the potential to generate game-changing, disruptive technologies, ranging from microelectronic sensors and communication devices, to energy harvesting systems, to mobile devices for energy conversion and storage. Interdisciplinary collaboration to accelerate the pace of  translating these technologies into industry practice are key ingredients that play into Georgia Tech’s strengths in fundamental research and industry-relevant development.

Shared Resources Initiatives @ IMaT

Centralized materials user facilities on the Georgia Tech campus support a broad range of fabrication and characterization activities. These include materials fabrication within the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN), scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and a broad range of tools in the joint IMat-IEN Materials Characterization Facility (MCF), and mechanical testing within the Mechanical Properties Characterization Facility.

Commercialization Alert

Mercedes-Benz And Sila Announce Breakthrough In Silicon Anode Chemistry


Mercedes-Benz announced that, together with Sila Nanotechnologies, a battery materials company, they achieved a breakthrough with high silicon automotive batteries.

The German manufacturer has been working with Sila for quite some time and even invested in the start-up in 2019, as part of the company’s research and development of advanced batteries.

Now, as the Sila's silicon anode chemistry matured, Mercedes-Benz officially announced intention to incorporate the technology for the first time in its electric cars.

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Machine Learning in Metals Additive Manufacturing


Machine learning and metal additive manufacturing are considered technologies of the 21st century, and integration of both technologies is significant in producing improved results. The video is a webinar recording given by Aaron Stebner, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Georgia Tech, School of Mechanical Engineering on machine learning application in metal AM.


Georgia Tech Leads Effort to Strengthen State’s Defense Manufacturing Industry

Led by Aaron Stebner, associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering, the Consortium is an 18-month pilot funded by a Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) grant of nearly $1 million to develop workforce, training manuals, a curriculum, and support businesses in adapting to economic and technological changes that emerge at a much more rapid pace today.

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Materials + Data Science & Informatics

Through the campus adjacent HPC facility, the Center for Materials Design Development and Deployment (MD3), the Georgia Institute of Technology has established the first university-industry collaborative research center in the nation focused solely on materials data science and enabled by a robust cyber infrastructure, e-collaboration platforms, and query -able persistent data warehousing.


Over 100 in-person and virtual attendees gathered at Georgia Tech on April 11th and 12th for the Symposium on Materials Innovation, and 2022 Brumley…


Last Monday in May. A day of remembering those who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, observed the last…