The University of Washington Institute of Advanced Materials & Technology (i-AMT) fosters cutting edge materials research to address important societal needs through coordinated interdisciplinary research. The Institute targets Energy, Photonics/Optoelectronics, Biomaterials/Bionanointerfaces, and Multifunctional Composites as four thrusts that impact the global environment, human health, and economic growth.


THRUST 1 | Photonics / Optoelectronics | view people

The ability to process and interconvert optical and electrical signals forms the heart of modern computing, telecommunications, energy (photovoltaics/lighting), and health care (imaging/sensing) applications.  From conjugated polymers and colloidal quantum dots to plasmonic devices and integrated silicon nanophotonics, the Photonics effort at i-AMT is pursuing revolutionary materials and devices for next generation applications in solid-state lighting, low-cost thin film photovoltaics, communications, imaging, sensing, and cancer therapy.  Significant synergy exists between the Photonics thrust and the Energy thrust in the area of photovoltaics, and with the Biomaterials/Bionanotechnology thrust in the area of sensing and diagnostics.  read more


THRUST 2 | Biomaterials / Bionanotechology | view people

The advances in Biomaterials and bionanotechnology in the coming decades will fundamentally change our ways to diagnose and treat diseases, improve the quality of life, and drive global economy in both healthcare and the medical devices/materials industry. The biomaterials research at i-AMT involves the development of advanced biomaterials, nanomaterials, nanodevices, and the nanoscale investigations of biological processes for regeneration medicine, and disease diagnosis and treatment.  read more


THRUST 3 | Energy Materials | view people

Providing alternative energy resources is one of the most important technological challenges facing society today. Energy production, transport, and storage are vital necessities of the modern global economy. How we choose to provide these necessities impacts the global environment and human health. The energy thrust at i-AMT focuses on materials for the production, transport and storage of energy ranging from biofuels to batteries and fuel cells to supercapacitors.   read more


THRUST 4 | Multifunctional Composites | view people

Structural load-bearing materials are indispensable in transportation systems, energy systems, and biomedical devices.  For example, over 50% of the weight of a modern automobile is due to structural components. The next generation of vehicles, ranging from automobiles to commercial aircraft to manned spacecraft, will depend heavily on the development of multifunctional and/or ‘smart’ structural materials.   A multifunctional material is one that satisfies many design criteria simultaneously.   ‘Smart materials’ are materials that respond in some way to external stimuli.  Most ‘smart’ materials can also be considered to be multifunctional materials.  Natural materials are usually multifunctional, adaptable, and self-repairing. Our focus is on multifunctional materials or material systems whose primary or secondary function is structural performance.  read more