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Research the infinitesimally small to achieve breakthroughs of global significance.

Stanford engineers find a way to control chemical catalysts with sculpted light

Using state-of-the-art fabrication and imaging, researchers watched the consequences of adding sculpted light to a catalyst during a chemical transformation. 

Professor Yi Cui

Congratulations Yi for winning the DOE Lawrence Award, this is a tremendous achievement!

Yi Cui, a preeminent researcher of nanotechnologies for better batteries and other sustainability technologies, wins the DOE Lawrence Award. 

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A new lab-on-a-chip turns blood test snapshots into continuous movies

MSE Professor Eric Appel and his research group have developed a device that can sense levels of virtually any protein or molecule in the blood, and could be transformative for disease detection, patient monitoring and biomedical research.

The MSE Experience | Stories & Voices

Learn more about Stanford Materials Science and Engineering from our community.

MSE Students
Loza Tadesse and Tim Abate
PhD candidates Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering

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Materials Science and Engineering | Academics & Admissions

MSE Rising Stars Symposium 

On January 25th from 1-2PM, MSE will host Kayla Nguyen, currently an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a 2020 L’Oréal For Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellow. 

See more MSE events here

Professor Mark Brongersma and Students

Why Stanford MSE?

Stanford’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) focuses on the structures and properties of nanoscale components. This exciting area of engineering informs the direction of the curriculum.

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MSE Latest News & Updates

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) faculty and student research spans from the infinitesimally small to the macroscopic scale to achieve breakthroughs of global significance. Explore more exciting news here.

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Stanford Academic Calendar, 2020-21

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, academic dates and deadlines published here may differ from the practices of previous year and they are subject to change. Read more at the link below to stay informed.

Welcome from the Chair

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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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