Materials Science and Engineering Research Areas

While materials research is typically driven by the challenges of understanding and controlling the materials themselves, the necessity to determine and understand the relationship between structure, processing, and properties of materials stimulates several perspectives from which to view the directions of materials research:

  1. materials or classes of materials themselves;
  2. synthesis of materials (including deposition, modification, fabrication, manufacturing);
  3. characterization of materials, surfaces, interfaces, and thin films; and
  4. theory, modeling and simulation, and research methodology.


Nanoscale Materials and Structures

  • Nanomaterials: R. Briber, J. Cumings, L. Martinez-Miranda, Y. Mo, G.S. Oehrlein, R.J. Phaneuf, O. Rabin, L. Salamanca-Riba

Organic Materials and Biomaterials 

  • Polymers: M. Al-Sheikhly, R. Briber
  • Liquid Crystals: L. Martinez-Miranda
  • Biomaterials: M. Al-Sheikhly, I.K. Lloyd, L. Martinez-Miranda

Electronic and Photonic Materials 

  • Electronic Materials: A. Christou, J. Cumings, R.J. Phaneuf, O. Rabin, G.W. Rubloff, L. Salamanca-Riba

Structural Materials 

  • Ceramics: I.K. Lloyd, Y. Mo
  • Composite Materials: I. K. Lloyd
  • Titanium Alloys: S. Ankem

Functional and Smart Materials

  • Ferroelectrics and Magnetic Oxides:  A. Roytburd
  • Smart Materials: J. Cumings, M. Wuttig, I. Takeuchi

Materials Synthesis

  • Plasma Processing: G. S. Oehrlein
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition and Atomic Layer Deposition: O. Rabin, G.W. Rubloff
  • Sputter Deposition: I. Takeuchi
  • Combinatorial Materials Processing: I. Takeuchi, G. Rubloff
  • Nanotubes and Nanomaterials Synthesis: J. Cumings, O. Rabin, L. Salamanca-Riba
  • Electrochemical Deposition: O. Rabin

Materials Characterization

  • Surface, Interface, and Thin Film Analysis: Y. Mo, R.J. Phaneuf, G.S. Oehrlein, G.W. Rubloff, L. Salamanca-Riba
  • Scanning Probe Micrsoscopy and Novelprobe Techniques: R.J. Phaneuf, I. Takeuchi
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy: J. Cumings, L. Salamanca-Riba
  • Dynamic Properties Characterization at the Nanoscale: J. Cumings
  • Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials: L. Salamanca-Riba

Theory and Modeling

  • Thermodynamic Approaches: Y. Mo
  • Combinatorial Approaches and Materials Informatics: Y. Mo, I. Takeuchi, G.W. Rubloff
  • Process and Equipment Simulation: G.W. Rubloff
  • Computational Materials Design: Y. Mo