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We are the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech, a university-wide research and education institute, representing a group of faculty, students, and staff dedicated to fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of the macromolecular sciences and technologies. Collectively, we offer a variety of educational, research, and professional interaction opportunities to our students. We also provide industry collaborators with training opportunities through short courses and offer opportunities for unique collaboration through sharing our laboratories, facilities, and expertise.

MII is supported by direct funding from Virginia Tech and by industry.

The purpose of MII is to unify Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized interdisciplinary program in macromolecular science and engineering. Graduate and undergraduate education in an interdisciplinary macromolecular science environment prepare Virginia Tech students for success in a variety of careers in the research, engineering, and technology enterprise. Students conduct basic and applied research in a unique cross-disciplinary environment which is often necessary to solve technologically important problems that often have relevance to answering specific industrial questions.

MII is a university-wide institute and reports to the Office of Vice President of Research. It is guided by a Stakeholders Committee currently headed by the Director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.


MII is an interdisciplinary group committed to continuing the growth and advancing the stature of the existing, highly-ranked macromolecular science and engineering program at Virginia Tech. We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high-quality students; actively initiates and conducts timely research at both the basic and applied levels; and vigorously pursues continuing education and economic growth through outreach activities with industry and government agencies.


  • The Institute will serve as primary and integrating source of guidance to the University administration with respect to educational and research programs and opportunities in polymeric materials and interfaces at Virginia Tech.
  • The principal goal will be to maintain and advance the national and international ranking of the polymer program at Virginia Tech.
  • The Institute will outline needs and suggest mechanisms for enhancing personnel, space, and equipment issues required to achieve this goal.


The Macromolecules Innovation Institute is committed to fostering diverse instructional, research, and outreach environments.  We endorse the principles and procedures established by: