The CSMC is a Phase-II Center for Chemical Innovation sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Collaborative research in materials chemistry is carried out across eight academic institutions – Oregon State University (Center headquarters), University of Oregon, Washington University at St Louis, Rutgers University, University of California Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Iowa. To support its mission, the Center offers several student and professional development opportunities in the areas of education and science outreach. Industry is engaged through sponsored research programs and student internships. The Center offers unique programs to train the next generation of innovators, while also promoting the translation of basic research for societal benefit.


Our mission is to conduct curiosity-driven and use-inspired research to enhance the sustainable chemistry toolbox with new methods and new techniques that will advance the scientific enterprise and transform the next generation of products, while preparing students to become the next generation of green chemists.


The CSMC is building and studying a sustainable materials chemistry platform for addressing pressing needs in scaling. Semiconductor manufacturers are focused on scaling to ever smaller device structures, while printed and display electronics are focused on scaling performance across very large areas. At the same time, new materials and methods are needed to accelerate the deployment of efficient, very large-area solar energy devices to address global climate change. The CSMC is exploring new solution-based methods for producing very high-quality thin films and patterns as building blocks for these next-generation devices. With its water-based chemistries, the Center has demonstrated leading-edge results in nanocluster synthesis, nanopatterning, integrated device performance, and solar water splitting.

Students and Postdocs Experience

The CSMC strives to broaden perspectives and opportunities through collaborative mentorships and team research on grand scientific challenges. Network building is strongly supported through our broad partnerships, web-enabled meetings, and travel funds. The Center maintains an Informal Science Education program with the Oregon Museum Science and Industry, a unique collaboration for building public communication skills.  Numerous internships are available through our many partnerships with industry and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnolgoies Insitute. The Center in collaboration with  ecosVC  offers an extensive series of workshops and webinars aimed at educating and preparing students for careers in innovation. The Center is an active member of a thriving innovation ecosystem that is focused on enabling and accelerating the translation of basic chemistry research to commercial products. 

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