Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) is a newly established interdisciplinary organization under the Office of Research of the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  It serves as the cross-campus nexus for materials research at UCI. IMRI operates a wide range of state-of-the-art, open-access user facilities for the characterization of inorganic, organic, and biological materials and devices ranging from sub-Å to macroscopic length scales – available to all university, industry, and non-profit researchers. It offers advanced techniques and services including structural and chemical characterization, 3D imaging, surface analysis, physical property measurements, and fabrication of materials and devices by a variety of techniques. Our mission is to make UCI one of the best academic institutions in the world for the characterization, fabrication of materials and devices and to provide a first-class facility for materials researchers to engage in the development of new innovations.

Facilities Highlights

Anton Paar AFM2019-07-06 12:45

Anton Paar Tosca 400 AFM has been installed in IMRI MC2 facility ( 140 ET) on 6/25/2019.

Hitachi Regulus 8230 ultra high resolution SEM2019-06-20 12:30

Hitachi Regulus 8230 FEG SEM is an ultra high resolution SEM installed in IMRI MC2 facililty (140B ET) in June 2019. 

Gatan camera upgrade2019-04-07 13:30

Gatan camera K2 was upgraded to K3 with better senitivity under low dose imaging.

Research Highlights

Nature Materials, Oct 14, 2019: doi:10.1038/s41563-019-0485-2

Nature Materials, Oct 14, 2019: doi:10.1038/s41563-019-0485-2

Collective topo-epitaxy in the self-assembly of a 3D quantum dot superlattice

Science Advances  25 Jan 2019: Vol. 5, no. 1, eaau9590

Probing the dynamics of nanoparticle formation from a precursor at atomic resolution

Nature Nanotechnologyvolume 13, pages1132–1136 (2018)

Anisotropic polarization-induced conductance at a ferroelectric–insulator interface


2019-10-24 10:15 Second International Symposium on Advanced Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (SAEMS) and First UC Irvine School on Transmission Electron Microscopy (UCI-STEM)

News! two events will be held in Irvine Materials Materials Institute (IMRI) at UCI:

2019-10-15 18:45 Nature Materials News & Views Published: 14 October 2019

Nature Materials News & Views published: 14 October 2019 have cited the work of Prof. Matt Law's group (Ref 6)


2019-06-02 09:15 UCI Scientists Create New Class of Two-dimensional Materials