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Research areas

The research directions, offered by the Materials Science graduate program, are at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology. This includes such advanced and important sub-fields as:

  • biologically based materials
  • cluster and surface science
  • electronic materials
  • energy-related materials
  • materials characterization
  • nanotechnology

A comprehensive list of research topics, organized by discipline, is provided below.

  • Physics
    • carbon nanotubes: synthesis, characterization and applications
    • energy-related materials and solar cells
    • fuel cell materials and processes
    • high-temperature superconductors
    • materials growth and characterization
    • molecular-level simulations of materials
    • proton exchange membrane (PEM)
    • solid-state surfaces and applications
  • Chemistry
    • doped metal clusters and new materials
    • electrochemical materials and molecular interfaces
    • hybrid organic-inorganic materials
    • molecular-based design of fluids and mixtures
    • nano-crystalline materials for biomedical devices and photovoltaics
    • nanometer-scale polyatomic systems
    • oxidation technologies and applications
  • Biology
    • biologically-based materials and genetic engineering of biomaterials
  • Engineering
    • corrosion mechanisms for metals in elevated temperature aqueous and molten salt environments
    • high-temperature materials chemistry
    • polymers and composites: processing and characterization