The Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) at Iowa State University is a multi-disciplinary center focusing on the study of semiconductor materials, devices, and applications. Its purpose is to bring together researchers from engineering and the basic sciences in a collaborative atmosphere to pursue fundamental and applied research in semiconductor electronics and photonics. The MRC is part of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT), an umbrella organization that ties together the research work of a number of ISU centers.
Established in 1984, the MRC’s technical emphases are on photovoltaics, organic electronics and photonic band gap research. The MRC, which works with small to large industrial firms in Iowa and beyond, is located in the Applied Sciences Complex, one mile northwest of ISU’s central campus.