Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials

UD CHARM is a hub of interdisciplinary integration and infrastructure development to drive cross-cutting materials innovation. Using its materials science platform, UD CHARM is committed to training a new generation of innovators with focused diversity and education programming.

CHARM Summer 2021 MRSEC REU Applications Closed

–Decisions coming soon for our 2021 REU– Research opportunities in both experimental and computational soft and hard materials, along with professional development and skills-building in innovation and entrepreneurship. 


IRG 1: Peptide Active Materials

Developing new bioinspired materials with targeted architectures and the capacity to generate simple machine movement.

IRG 2: Hybrid Quantum Materials

Combining unconventional materials to create hybrid quantum constructs that significantly advance spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging technologies.

Our Mission

Create a world-recognized hub of interdisciplinary integration and infrastructure development to drive cross-cutting materials innovation.

Our Vision

Harness the integrated power of computational design, innovative synthetic and manufacturing processes, and nano-scale characterization to unlock the substantial promise of complex, synthetic materials at multiple length/time-scales.


Young Investigator Award

Young Investigator Award

Engineering professor honored for excellence in molecular beam research Periods of history are often defined by the materials used to make critical tools — from the stone age to the bronze age to today — a period some experts regard as the silicon age. Silicon is used...

ACS Celebrates Black Chemists

ACS Celebrates Black Chemists

To honor African American History Month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is celebrating Black chemists and chemical engineers advancing their fields in new and exciting ways. CHARM Director, Prof. Thomas Epps, III, is highlighted in this video alongside six...

Soft Matter for All

Soft Matter for All

UD gives voice to a diverse group of early-career researchers When picturing a research symposium, you likely imagine academics presenting on, well, inspiring research. Fair enough. But what happens when the agenda goes beyond data and discovery? Soft Matter for All,...

Grad Recruitment in Soft Materials

Grad Recruitment in Soft Materials

Interested in graduate studies in the fast-paced field of soft materials, but couldn't join us on November 19th? Check out the slides from our event. The Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP) virtual recruitment event highlighted the breadth of...

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