Smart and Multifunctional Materials
The ability for materials to respond to their environment in a useful manner has broad technological impact. Such "smart" systems are being developed in which material properties (such as optical, electrical, or mechanical characteristics) respond to external stimuli. Here at UCI, researchers aim to further the fundamental physical knowledge of these types of materials. Coupled to the potential of smart materials are those with multiple functionalities. Investigations in the ChEMS department seek to advance the molecular understanding of novel multifunctional materials for applications across different scientific disciplines, including nanoelectronics, energy, and medicine.