Imaging center fosters ground-up collaborations for materials research

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021
by Scott Lyon

If we want to understand the materials that make up our world, we have to look at them, according to Craig Arnold, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

In a new video exploring Princeton’s Imaging and Analysis Center, Arnold and IAC director Dr. Nan Yao introduce prospective researchers to this cross-disciplinary facility. The IAC's mission is key to research in electrical and computer engineering, where students and their advisers study materials' most intricate details to exploit form for advanced functionality.

"The IAC is an amazing, world-class facility," said assistant professor Nathalie de Leon, who works on problems in quantum engineering. "We are able to create and benchmark some of the highest quality diamond surfaces in the world using tools at the IAC. We have also been able to work collaboratively with the IAC staff on materials characterization to make next generation superconducting qubits. This project not only involved state-of-the-art electron microscopy, but also an incredible wealth of scientific know-how among Nan Yao, Gary Cheng, and other IAC staff members."