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
A comprehensive list of research topics, organized by discipline, is provided below.
- 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.
- 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.
- Biologically-based materials and genetic engineering of biomaterials.
- Corrosion mechanisms for metals in elevated temperature aqueous and molten salt environments;
- High-temperature materials chemistry; and
- Polymers and composites: processing and characterization.