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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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Dear Stanford MSE Community, Alumni and Friends,

This year marks the Centennial of our department.  We hope that you will join us on October 22, 2019 for a celebration of 100 years of academic excellence and engineering impact! 

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Centennial featured speaker 

- Materials Science & Engineering @ Stanford

A warm welcome from our chair

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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Summer 2019 Enrollment Now Open!

Newly-admitted MatSci MS students (as well as other admitted or current students) are invited to take their first Stanford classes online during the Summer quarter prior to arrival on campus.  Summer classes begin in late June, are offered 100% online, and can be accessed worldwide.  Taking classes during Summer gives students the opportunity to complete graduate classes while off campus, and may allow students to graduate earlier.  A list of classes offered in Summer can be found on the SCPD webpage, and may be eligible for elective/core units.

Globally Significant Research

Small water purifier

Bio-materials & Bio-interfaces

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

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Graphic visualization of a memory board

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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Illustration of computer screens with heat emanating from them

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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Magnification of electronic transistor.

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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cell sorting

Soft Matter & Hybrid Materials

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

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