Welcome from the Director of IMat

IMat Director and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Eric VogelMaterials 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.

As one of the top ranked engineering universities in the U.S., Georgia Tech offers a unique environment for large-scale research enterprises. IMat brings together faculty from across colleges and schools, as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute, to create a broad materials research program with strengths in areas ranging from fundamental materials physics, chemistry and biology, to simulation, synthesis, processing and characterization, to properties that impact structural, chemical, biomedical, electronic, optical, magnetic, thermal, and energy applications. IMat leverages this expertise to enable partnerships with industry, government and non-profits to create positive economic and societal impact.

IMat also offers access to a suite of microscopy and analysis tools and technical support unparalleled in the Southeast via the GT Materials Characterization Facility and the Mechanical Properties Characterization Facility. These facilities are open to Georgia Tech researchers, as well as external customers in academia, government, and industry.

We invite you to explore how Georgia Tech is accelerating the pace of research, discovery, deployment and application of advanced materials systems that are essential to future economic growth and challenges of global significance.

Eric Vogel,
Executive Director

Our Vision

Discovering new materials and improving our control of the structure and properties of known materials are keys to the continued growth of our economy and our ability to improve life and health for future generations. As consumer demands and competitive requirements drive more complex, higher-efficiency, and enhanced-performance materials solutions, we continue to push the frontiers of the physical limitations of many of the materials in use today.

The Institute for Materials is positioned to amplify the impact of Georgia Tech's research infrastructure through its shared resources and materials innovation initiatives and by bringing value to internal and external stakeholders by:

  • Fostering integrative linkages to equipment and shared user resources.
  • Supporting cross-cutting, large scale research proposal development.
  • Building new modes for networking and e-collaboration in materials research.
  • Enhancing collaboration at the seams of core strengths in materials research and grand challenge problems through workshops, team-building, and seed funding.
  • Helping to form strategic partnerships with industry, academia, and government aimed at accelerating the pace of materials discovery and development
  • Supporting forward-looking initiatives in interdisciplinary research and education program development.