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Washington State University Institute of Materials Research

The Institute

The Institute of Materials Research (formerly, the Center for Materials Research) was established at WSU in 1993 to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration between various faculty members and to facilitate research and education in the area of materials science. It is under the joint administration of the College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences and has grown to include over 25 researchers from various disciplines.

The Institute offers the opportunity for researchers in diverse fields at WSU to connect with funding sources in government and industry to find interdisciplinary answers to advanced materials problems. The faculty members at the Center address these research questions with some of today’s most sophisticated scientific equipment.

Contact Us

Institute of Materials Research
PO Box 642711
Pullman, WA  99164-2711

IMR has received extramural funding from many agencies, some of which are:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Energy and the National Lab System
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • IBM
  • The Boeing Company
  • Applied Materials
  • Cermet
  • II-VI, Inc.
  • VLOC, Inc.
  • eV Products
  • Honeywell, Inc.
  • W.M. Keck Foundation
  • Novellus Systems, Inc.

IMR News

Kelvin Lynn and researchers from the University of Utah have received a $1.88 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study the fundamental properties of a semiconductor material known as gallium oxide, which could be used in high-voltage power systems for anything from cars to airplanes and ships.


Kelvin Lynn, Regents Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received a $200,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar research and development.