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 materials, biological samples, and devices from sub-Å to macroscopic length scales - available to all university, industry, and non-profit researchers. It offers advanced techniques and services supported with professional staff. IMRI is mentioned in the recent nature news Movers and Shakers, where UCI is one of the 16 institutions selelcted from among the most improved institutions in the Nature Index between 2015 and 2017. 

Facilities Highlights

JEOL Grand ARM300CF TEM/STEM 2017-09-05 22:15

JEOL Grand ARM300CF TEM/STEM has been installed. Training will start from 9/15/2017.

Nion UltraSTEM™ 200 2017-07-20 22:15

Nion UltraSTEM 200 HERMES has been installed. The EELS resolution 6.4 meV, a world record, was achieved. 

TESCAN GAIA-3 XMH integrated focused ion beam-FESEM 2017-06-20 22:30

TESCAN GAIA-3 XMH SEM/FIB is available for training and use from 6/22/2017.

Research Highlights

Nature Nanotechnologyvolume 13, pages1132–1136 (2018)

Anisotropic polarization-induced conductance at a ferroelectric–insulator interface


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

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

Science Vol. 359, Issue 6383, pp. 1495-1500,30 Mar 2018

Adaptive infrared-reflecting systems inspired by cephalopods


2019-01-26 14:30 UCI Scientists Develop Method for Observing Nanocrystal Formation at Atomic Resolution

UCI scientists develop method for observing nanocrystal formation at atomic resolution

UCI NEWS, January 25, 2019

2018-11-12 21:15 Oxide Materials Discovery May Advance Electronic Device Development

Scientists from UCI, other institutions report breakthrough in Nature Nanotechnology

2018-06-16 12:00 Campus Formally Opens New Materials Research Institute and TEM Facility