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.


News Features

Georgia Tech’s New Aluminum Nitride-based Semiconductor is Poised to Transform the Industry

Alan Doolittle is doing what was once thought impossible: turning an electrical insulator into an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor. The results have groundbreaking potential for high-power electronics, optoelectronics, and more.

For the past 80 or so years, aluminum nitride (AlN) has been thought of as nothing but an electrical insulator. Because of its high electrical insulating and thermal conductivity properties, it is used frequently in electronic applications to dissipate heat quickly and maintain efficiency.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, led by professor Alan Doolittle, are discovering that there is a lot more to AlN than meets the eye, and their promising research shows the material has the potential to transform the semiconductor industry. By leveraging the advantages of AlN, ultra-wide bandgap (UWBG) semiconductors can be used at high-power and high-temperature levels never seen before.

“It’s rare to see such encouraging early results,” said Doolittle, the Joseph M. Pettit Professor in the School for Electrical and Computer Engineering. “To put things into perspective, AlN has the ability to handle over five times the voltage of other existing wide bandgap semiconductors. It really is the birth of a new semiconductor field.”

Leadership Skills & Research in Photonics Garners Awards for MSE Grad Student Victoria Quirós-Cordero

Victoria Quirós-Cordero has been awarded a 2022 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for her potential contributions to the field photonics research. Quirós-Cordero is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology advised by Materials Science and Engineering Professor Natalie Stingelin and School of Chemistry Professor Carlos Silva.

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IMat Overview

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.

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.


Campus Highlights

The Dark Energy of Quantum Materials

 

Laura Greene; Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology and Chief Scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory; Florida State University, University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory

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