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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; and
  • 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); and
  • 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; and
  • 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; and
  • Polymers and composites: processing and characterization.
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