Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)


Steve Foulger, Clemson University, Clemson SCNSF announces $55 million toward national research priorities
Researcher Stephen Foulger works at the Advanced Materials Research Lab in Anderson, South Carolina.The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to address fundamental questions about the brain and develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems.

The cooperative agreements are through NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) as part of its Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2... Read more.

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Welcome to COMSET

The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), formed in 2000, is an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. COMSET provides an organized framework with significant centralized infrastructure for faculty with common interests to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate and utilize light.
The science and engineering of light-based technologies is approaching a $7.5 trillion dollar global market. With materials as the technology enabler within all devices and components, Clemson University and South Carolina, through COMSET, are uniquely positioned to support the research, work-force development and outreach needs of the industry.

COMSET conducts an important blend of “what-if” basic science and more applied research with immediate deliverables in wide-ranging areas including organic LEDs, specialty optical fiber, light-emitting plastics, glasses and crystals.

We welcome you to explore this website and contact us with collaborative opportunities.

Brag Points

  •  Dr. Eric Johnson as the PalmettoNet Endowed Chair. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has named a new member from Clemson University, optics researcher Roger Stolen. A pioneer in engineering methods to harness light, Stolen is a distinguished visiting professor in materials science and engineering and faculty member in COMSET.
  • Since the founding of COMSET in 2000, COMSET has published 714 peer-reviewed journal articles (as of 4/13/15), which have been cited 7,905 times.


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Fiber optics pioneer to present at esteemed international conference

Clemson’s maker of ‘Star Trek’ laser technology honored by peers

A new pallet for optical fibers

Clemson professor receives New Researcher Award

Clemson professor receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

Clemson's COMSET partners with OFS for fiber optic research lab

ECE Faculty Win Three High Energy Laser Contracts

ECE Professor Lin Zhu receives Army Young Investigator Award

A Major Constituent of Brown Algae for Use in High-Capacity Li-Ion Batteries

Professor Liang Dong receives AFOSR grant

Clemson faculty member elected ACerS Fellow

Clemson physicist Apparao Rao named Fellow of the American Physical Society

School of Materials Science and Engineering director elected to ACerS Board

Roger Stolen elected to prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences