About Us

Welcome to the Composite Materials & Structures Center

Photo of Larry DrzalWelcome to the website for composites research at Michigan State University. From this site, you will be able to access information on a wide variety of composites research being conducted at Michigan State University.

Composite materials are a new class of materials that combine two or more separate components into a form suitable for structural applications. While each component retains its identity, the new composite material displays macroscopic properties superior to its parent constituents, particularly in terms of mechanical properties and economic value.

The Composite Materials and Structures Center is one of the foremost facilities for the study of polymer composites and is internationally recognized for its contributions to composite science and engineering. The faculty of the College of Engineering along with the full time staff researchers of the CMSC have expertise in processing, design and optimization, materials science, nanocomposite technology, structural analysis, surface science, failure analysis, and more. The CMSC offers the opportunity to conduct proprietary, confidential programs by assembling a focused team of researchers to address specific issues of importance to the client. 

The Center is fully equipped with 8 laboratories totaling nearly 20000 square feet having the latest instrumentation for the study of composite manufacturing, performance, and durability. Please contact the Director, Professor Lawrence (Larry) Drzal at 517/353-5466, drzal@egr.msu.edu, or the Laboratory Manager Mike Rich 517/353-4696, rich@egr.msu.edu  to explore opportunities to engage the CMSC to work with you. Click here for more information on CMSC personnel or facilities and equipment.