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Center Overview

The Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) is devoted to the design and development of advanced coatings based on two-dimensional layered materials. ATOMIC integrates the work of researchers, students, and faculty with that carried out by industry and national labs.

Atomically thin layers, commonly known as two-dimensional materials, exhibit highly tunable mechanical, electronic, and optical properties that can be engineered to solve fundamental scientific and technological challenges and can be combined to serve multiple functions. Examples include graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), and transition metal dichalcogenides.

ATOMIC is designing and developing advanced two-dimensional coatings engineered to solve fundamental scientific and technological challenges that include corrosion, oxidation and abrasion, friction and wear, energy storage and harvesting, and the large-scale synthesis and deposition of novel multifunctional coatings.


  • Boise State University
  • Rice University
  • Pennsylvania State University
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Center Personnel

Mauricio Terrones
Center Staff
+1 814 865 1372

David Estrada
Center Staff

Research Focus

In its research on atomically thin materials, ATOMIC focuses on these areas:

  • Electronics and sensing.
  • Energy conversion and storage.
  • Protective coatings.
  • Other applications.