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We research the infinitesimally small to achieve breakthroughs of global significance, working at the atomic and molecular levels to create the microscopic devices and systems essential for cutting-edge solar energy production, energy storage, information technology, and medicine.

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It is one of our top goals to continue to attract the best and brightest students from the U.S. and around the world. We feel that the mixture of a core curriculum in materials science and engineering fundamentals and leading-edge independent research is exceptional preparation for future scientists and engineers.

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MSE 2019 Centenary

Professor William Nix is seeking perspectives about the history of the MSE department.

In connection with the centenary of the founding of the department in 1919, Prof. W.D. Nix is preparing a written history of the department. The piece will record and document key events and the people who have made up the history of the department. Anyone connected to the department with stories or photographs to share are encouraged to contact Professor Nix. He is interested in stories and photographs that document activities in the department (social, sports, professional, laboratory), especially those involving multiple people. If you have something you can share, please send the materials soon.

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Globally Significant Research

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Bio-materials & Bio-interfaces

Nanotechnology is shaping the practice of medicine and bioscience, promising advances of unprecedented scope.

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Materials Computation, Theory & Design

The proliferation of computing power is enabling exciting new approaches to the discovery, characterization, and design of materials.

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Electronic, Magnetic, & Photonic Materials

We work to understand the behavior of electrons in materials and how it allows us to make new modes of computation, information storage, and communication. 

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Hydrogen fuel cell.

Materials for Sustainability

Multiple ecological and social pressures are forcing a shift from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources, and increasing the need to mitigate human impact on the environment. 

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Mechanical Behavior & Structural Materials

Mechanical analysis methods quantify the essential properties of engineering materials, and guide the design of new materials for structural applications.

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Novel Characterization Methods

To construct efficient materials at the nanoscale, we must thoroughly understand the way atoms and molecules are arranged.

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Novel Synthesis & Fabrication Methods

We develop new approaches to synthesize and fabricate advanced materials with novel compositions, structures and properties..

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Soft Matter & Hybrid Materials

Macromolecular solids and hybrid organic/inorganic materials promise exciting functionality arising from tailored chemical properties. 

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