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The International Center for Materials Research


An NSF International Materials Institute

Director: Anthony K. Cheetham

Materials, and Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCSB


International Collaboration in Materials Research:

  • Background
  • The international activities of the Materials Research Society are organized under the auspices of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS, established in 1991). IUMRS currently has 12 national or regional organizations, e.g. MRS, MRS of India, European MRS, etc. See The IUMRS organizes international meetings, sponsors awards, and so on.
  • The Materials World Network, established in 1995, is an NSF-funded progran run from Northwestern University by R. P. H. Chang; see MWN serves as a platform for addressing global challenges via materials science, education, and technology. It has held 6 international meetings since 1995.
  • NSF supports 6 International Materials Institutes (IMIs) at Princeton (Africa/Structural Materials), Univ. Tennessee (Neutrons), Iowa State (High Throughput Experimentation), Lehigh (Glasses), UC Davis (Complex Systems), and UCSB (International Center for Materials Research). NSF also provides small grants for international collaborations with Europe, Latin America, Asia etc.

International Collaboration and NSF’s MRSEC Program

  • The Division of Materials Research at NSF has been pro-active in stimulating international collaborations.
  • Since ~1999, the larger MRSEC centers have been required to undertake international activities in addition to supporting their research programs, shared facilities, educational outreach, industrial outreach, etc.
  • Many of the major international materials programs in the USA have their origins in MRSEC centers, e.g. the Materials World Network at Northwestern and the International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UCSB.
  • The UCSB Materials Research Laboratory held 15 overseas workshops during the period 1995-2003. These bilateral workshops provided the credibility and network for the creation of the ICMR in 2004.

Overseas Workshops under the auspices of the Materials Research Laboratory prior to the creation of ICMR

    • 1995: Weizmann Institute, Israel
    • 1996: Max Planck Labs, Stuttgart & Mainz, Germany
    • 1997: KAIST, Taejon, S. Korea
    • 1998: CSIRO Melbourne and Aust. Nat. Univ., Australia
    • 1999: CNRS (Institut Jean Rouxel), Nantes, France
    • 2000: IMRE, Singapore
    • 2000: UNAM, Sonora, Mexico
    • 2001: ICTP/TWAS Trieste, Italy (for developing countries)
    • 2001: ETH Zurich, EPFL, and the Weizmann Institute, Switzerland
    • 2001: CNRS (CRPP), Bordeaux, France
    • 2002: CNRS Headquarters, Paris, France
    • 2002: Max Planck Society, Mainz, Germany
    • 2002: Univ. Chile, Santiago, Chile (with TWAS & ICTP)
    • 2003: KAIST, Taejon, S. Korea
    • 2003: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • There were also many reciprocal workshops at UCSB

ICMR Overview

  • Created at the UCSB on August 1, 2004 to provide an international forum that convenes scientists and engineers with common interests in the future of materials science.
  • The Center is funded by the Division of Materials Research, the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Laboratory, and UCSB.
  • Its partner institutions include the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), and the International Center for Young Scientists (Tsukuba).
  • ICMR is run by a Director, Prof. Anthony K. Cheetham, who is supported by a Program Coordinator (Jennifer Ybarra), a Steering Committee, and a distinguished International Advisory Board chaired by Prof. C.N.R. Rao.
  • Programs include:
  • Workshops in Santa Barbara and overseas
  • Summer Schools
  • International conferences
  • Exchange Scholars
  • S.E. Asia Materials Network
  • Engineers without Borders

ICMR Objectives

  • To stimulate international collaboration through a range of cutting-edge research and educational programs
  • To provide international experience for young scientists that will prepare them to function in a global scientific environment
  • To enhance the capacity of developing countries in the materials science area by engagement and network building.

Steering Committee

Anthony K. Cheetham, Director of ICMR (ex officio)

Anthony G. Evans, Professor of Materials and Mech. Eng., UCSB

David Gross, Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB

(2004 Nobel Prize in Physics)

Craig Hawker, Director of UCSB MRL (ex officio)

Evelyn Hu, Director of UCSB California NanoSystems Institute (ex officio)

Fred F. Lange, Professor of Materials, UCSB (ex officio)

James S. Langer, Professor of Physics, UCSB

Matt Tirrell, Dean of Engineering, UCSB (ex officio)

The Steering Committee has been meeting monthly since the NSF funding was announced in July 2004


International Advisory Board

C. N. R. Rao, JNCASR Bangalore; President of the Third World Academy of Sciences (Chair)

A. J. Heeger, UCSB (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2000)

P. G. de Gennes, ESPCI Paris (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1994)

Mahn Won Kim, President, Korea Institute for Advanced Studies, Seoul

T. Kishi, President, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba

Sir Harold Kroto, Florida State (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996)

Fang-Hua Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

M. Rühle, Director, Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart

G. D. W. Smith, Chair, Department of Materials, University of Oxford

K. R. Sreenivasan, Director of the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste

The first meeting of the board was held in Paris on November 19, 2004 and the second was held on September 15, 2005, in Berlin


ICMR International Network

African collaborations are pursued through the Princeton IMI


Exchange Programs

  • USA to the rest of the world:
  • We have sufficient funds to send up to 40 US researchers to spend time with overseas collaborators for periods of 1 week to 3 months. This is available for researchers throughout the US. Since one of the objectives is to give researchers some international experience, we do not send people to their country of origin.
  • In 2006 onwards, we started funding an undergraduate exchange program (REU) with: Oxford, Stuttgart, Eindhoven, Bangalore, Santiago, Taejon (KAIST), and Dublin.
  • Rest of the world to the USA
  • Funds for visitors to the US are more limited. We have sufficient to support ~12 visits per year to UCSB only

Workshops under auspices of ICMR since August 2004:

Oxford, England: September 2004 (Host: George Smith)

20 faculty from UCSB participated

Pune (NCL), India: December 19-21, 2004

22 faculty from USA traveled

Kyoto, Japan: April 25 – 27, 2005 (in partnership with Kyoto University)

18 faculty from across the USA

Beijing, China: March 23-26, 2005 (in partnership with the NSFC, CAS)

19 faculty and 10 students from across the USA

Buenos Aires, Argentina: July 2005 (Winter School in Physics)

6 faculty from USA participated as speakers

Berlin, Germany: Sept. 12-14, 2005 (with the Max Planck Society)

20 faculty from UCSB, An MOU was signed with the MPG

Singapore, November 14-16, 2005 (hosted by IMRE)

S. E. Asia Materials Network meeting. Brought together 40 scientists from 18 countries to discuss the creation of a network to give scientists from developing countries access to major facilities in the region

Marrakech, Morocco, December 7-9, 2005 (with the African MRS)

ICMR organized a session on “Materials from the 21st Century” and provide scholarships for young scientists from Africa

ICTP Trieste, Italy: January 16-20, 2006 (with ICTP and NIMS/ICYS)

Advanced Workshop on “Recent Developments in Inorganic Materials”

(Chairs: Cheetham, Rao and Rühle)

Mishima, Japan: Feb. 27-March 1, 2006

International Advanced Materials Forum for young scientists (with ICYS, Tsukuba)

Tel Aviv, Israel: Feb. 27-28, 2006

8 faculty from UCSB participated in the Israel Chemical Society meeting


Three Summer Schools in 2005:

Topics in Bio-Materials

Dates: August 7 – August 20

Organizers: Phil Pincus, Ram Seshadri, Joan-Emma Shea (UCSB)

Stereochemical Aspects of Novel Materials

Dates: August 14 – 27

Organizer: Fred Wudl, Miguel Garcia-Garibay (Chemistry, UCLA)

First Principles Calculations for Condensed Matter and Nanoscience

Dates: August 21 – September 3


Michel Coté (U. of Montréal),

Xavier Gonze (Louvain),

Nicola Spaldin (UCSB),

Gilles Zerah (CEA, Paris)


ICMR Summer Schools August 2005

Total Number of Participants: 130

Total Number of Lecturers: 35

Represented Countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States


Summer Schools being planned for 2006:

Nanomaterials (with the International Center for Young Scientists, ICYS)

Dates: 21-28 July 2006

Location: Tsukuba

Organizers: Yoshio Bando and Tadashi Ozawa (ICYS), Tony Cheetham (UCSB)

Porous Solids

Dates: 30 July-Aug. 12

Location: UC Santa Barbara

Organizers: Ram Seshadri (UCSB), Matt Rosseinsky and Andy Cooper (Liverpool)

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Dates: 13-26 Aug, 2006

Location: UC Santa Barbara

Organizer: Alec Wodtke (UCSB), Horia Metiu (UCSB), Can Li (Dalian)

High Temperature Materials

Dates: 6-20 August, 2006

Location: UC Santa Barbara

Organizers: Tony Evans (UCSB), Carlos Levi (UCSB)


Workshops planned for the rest of 2006 and early 2007:

Santa Barbara: Aug 20-26, 2006

International workshop on Hydrogen Generation and Storage

Viña de Mar, Chile: September, 2006, With CIAM, CIMAT

Latin America/Pacific Rim Workshop on Frontiers of Materials Florianópolis, Brazil, October 15-19, 2006, with the Brazilian MRS

Workshop on Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Materials

Halong Bay, Vietnam, December 3-10, 2006,

International Workshop on Materials Research

Bangalore, India, Dec. 12-19, 2006

ICMR-JNCASR Regional Winter School on Chemistry of Materials

Trieste, Italy, January 15-19, 2007

ICMR-ICTP Advanced Workshop on Nanomaterials

Taipei, Taiwan-China, January 4-6, 2007

US-Taiwan Workshop on Soft Condensed Matter


Why are International Activities so Important ?

  • The leadership that the USA currently enjoys in most areas of science and technology cannot be taken for granted in an increasingly competitive world.
  • The continuance of that leadership, however, is essential for the success of our knowledge-based economy in the 21st century
  • In order to remain competitive, it is essential that we are engaged with our peers elsewhere and fully conversant with the latest developments in other countries.
  • It is also essential that our young scientists should gain the international experience that will enable them to function effectively in the global S&T business.
  • The existence of major centers of excellence, such as the MRSECs, is an essential element of the national strategy for remaining competitive in the face of stiff competition from other nations.

ICMR Partner Institutions

NSF’s International Materials Institutes at: Princeton (Africa), Rensselaer (Combinatorial sciences), Tennessee (Neutrons), Lehigh (Glass), UC/LANL (Complex matter), USA

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

The Max Planck Society, and institutes thereof, Germany

Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris, France

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland

Department of Materials, University of Oxford, England

Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (Bombay), India

Institute for Advanced Materials, Fudan University, China

Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

International Center for Young Scientists, Tsukuba, Japan

Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), Taejon, Korea

Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), Seoul, Korea

Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST), Kwangiu, Korea

Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE), Singapore

National University, Singapore

Institute of Materials Science, Hanoi, Vietnam

Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Advanced Materials Department, IPICyT, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Materials, Santiago, Chile

CSIRO Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology Division, Melbourne, Australia