Materials Science and Engineering

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE): 45.0 quarter credits
Doctor of Philosophy: 90.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering aims to provide an education which encompasses both the breadth and depth of the most recent knowledge base in the materials science and engineering fields in a format suitable for individuals seeking careers in academia and/or industry.

In addition, the program provides students with research training through their courses and thesis research at the MS and PhD levels.

The graduate student body reflects a broad spectrum of undergraduate backgrounds.  Because of the expansion into interdisciplinary areas, qualified physical and biological science graduates may also join the program. Non-engineering graduates are required to take MATE 503- Introduction to Materials Engineering.

Graduate work in materials science and engineering is offered both on a regular full-time and on a part-time basis. The General (Aptitude) Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applicants pursuing full-time study.

Career Opportunities
Graduates go on to careers in engineering firms, consulting firms, law firms, private industry, business, research laboratories, academia, and national laboratories. Materials scientists and materials engineers find employment in such organizations as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, IBM, 3M, DuPont, Lockheed-Martin, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, AstraZeneca, Arkema, Army Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Air Products, Micron, Xerox, Motorola, Monsanto, Corning, and Eastman Kodak.

For more information about Materials Science and Engineering, visit the Department of Materials Science and Engineering web page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the graduate requirements for admission to Drexel University. The graduate student body reflects a broad spectrum of undergraduate backgrounds. Because of the expansion into interdisciplinary areas, qualified non-MSE engineering, physical and biological science graduates may also join the program.

For specific information on how to apply to this program, visit Drexel University's Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Admissions page.

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering 

The 45.0 quarter credits required for the MS degree include two required core courses on MATE 510-Thermodynamics of Solids and MATE 512-Introduction to Solid State Materials. Students choose four additional core courses.

Thesis Options
All full-time students are required to undertake a 9.0 credit thesis on a topic of materials research supervised by a faculty member. MS students can select the Non-thesis Option if carrying out research is not possible, in which case, the thesis may be replaced by either (a) a 6.0 credit Thesis Proposal and 3.0 credit coursework, or (b) 9.0 credits of coursework.

All students are required, during their first year, to propose an advisor supported research thesis topic or literature survey for approval by the department. Students are urged to make a choice of topic as early as possible and to choose appropriate graduate courses in consultation with their advisor.

The program is organized so that part-time students may complete the degree requirements in two to four years. Full-time students may complete the program in two years.

MS to PhD Program
There is no general exam required for MS students. If an MS student wishes to continue for a PhD then: (a)  the student must be admitted to the PhD program (there is no guarantee that an MS student will be admitted to the PhD program), and (b) the student must take the Candidacy Exam during the first term after being admitted to the PhD program.
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Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE) Core Courses *
Required core courses:
MATE 510Thermodynamics of Solids3.0
MATE 512Introduction to Solid State Materials3.0
Select four additional core courses from the following: 12.0
Structure and Properties of Polymers
Kinetics
Experimental Technique in Materials
Numerical Engineering Methods
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
Biomedical Materials I
Any additional related courses if approved by the graduate advisor/thesis advisor (such as MATE 514 and MATE 573)
Optional Core Courses **18.0
Thesis and Alternatives9.0
9.0 credits MS thesis OR 6.0 credits of thesis proposal (literature review) + 3.0 credit course OR 9.0 credits of electives
Total Credits45.0

 

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 PhD candidates must achieve a minimum B- grade in each of the core courses. Waiver of any of the 6 core courses must be approved by the MSE Department Graduate Advisor and the student's Thesis Advisor in Advance.

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 Of the 18 technical elective credits, at least 9 credits must be taken as Materials Science and Engineering (MATE) courses, while the rest may be taken within the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, or at other colleges if consistent with the student's plan of study (and given advance written approval by his/her advisor). At least 9 of these 18 technical electives must be exclusive of independent study courses or research credits.


PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Requirements

The graduate school requires at least 90.0 credits for the PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering. An MS degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree, but does count as 45 credits toward the 90-credit requirement.  Students entering the department at the BS level must satisfy the course requirements for the MS degree.

Students choose a doctoral thesis topic after consultation with the faculty. Students are urged to consider and select topics early in their program of study. An oral thesis presentation and defense are scheduled at the completion of the thesis work.

Doctoral program students must pass a candidacy examination within the first eighteen months. The candidacy exam consists of a seminar presentation by the student, followed by an oral examination covering the materials found in the core courses as well as the subject matter presented in the seminar. Six months later, doctoral candidates present a thesis proposal outlining their research study. Approximately six months before the full defense of their Ph.D. thesis, doctoral candidates should prepare and present a pre-defense seminar.

For more information, visit the Department of Materials Science and Engineering web page.

Facilities

Biomaterials and Biosurfaces Laboratory
This laboratory contains 10 kN biaxial and 5 kN uniaxial servo-hydraulic mechanical testing machines, a Fluoroscan X-ray system, a microscopic imaging system, a spectra fluorometer, a table autoclave, centrifuge, vacuum oven, CO2 incubators, biological safety cabinet, thermostatic water baths, precision balance and ultrasonic sterilizer.

Nanobiomaterials and Cell Engineering Laboratory
This laboratory contains fume hood with vacuum/gas dual manifold, vacuum pump and rotary evaporator for general organic/polymer synthesis; gel electrophoresis and electroblotting for protein characterization; bath sonicator, glass homogenizer and mini-extruder for nanoparticle preparation; centrifuge; ultrapure water conditioning system; precision balance; pH meter and shaker.

Ceramics Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains a photo-resist spinner, impedance analyzer, Zeta potential meter, spectrofluorometer, piezoelectric d33 meter, wire-bonder, and laser displacement meter.

Dynamic Characterization Laboratory

This laboratory contains metallographic sample preparation (sectioning, mounting and polishing) facilities; inverted metallograph; microhardness tester; automated electropolishing for bulk and TEM sample preparation; SEM tensile stage for EBSD; magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer.

MAX Phase Ceramics Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains a vacuum hot-press; cold isostatic press (CIP) and hot isostatic press (HIP) for materials consolidation and synthesis; precision dilatometer; laser scattering particle size analyzer; impedance analyzer, creep testers, and assorted high temperature furnaces.

Mechanical Testing Laboratory
This laboratory contains mechanical and closed-loop servo-hydraulic testing machines, hardness testers, impact testers, equipment for fatigue testing, metallographic preparation facilities and a rolling mill with twin 6" diameter rolls.

Mesoscale Materials Laboratory
This laboratory contains instrumentation for growth, characterization, device fabrication, and design and simulation of electronic, dielectric, ferroelectric and photonic materials.  Resources include physical and chemical vapor deposition and thermal and plasma processing of thin films, including oxides and metals, and semiconductor nanowire growth.  Facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition, sublimation growth, and resistive thermal evaporation.  Variable-temperature high-vacuum probe station and optical cryostats including high magnetic field, fixed and tunable-wavelength laser sources, several monochromators for luminescence and Raman scattering spectroscopies, scanning electron microscopy with electron beam lithography, and a scanning probe microscope.

Nanomaterials Laboratory
This laboratory contains instrumentation for testing and manipulation of materials under microscope, high-temperature autoclaves, Sievert’s apparatus; glove-box; high-temperature vacuum and other furnaces for the synthesis of nano-carbon coatings and nanotubes; electro-spinning system for producing nano-fibers.

Oxide Films and Interfaces Laboratory
This laboratory contains an oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) thin film deposition system; physical properties measurement system for electronic transport and magnetometry measurements from 2 – 400K, up to 9 T fields; 2 tube furnaces.

 Powder Processing Laboratory
This laboratory contains vee blenders, ball-mills, sieve shaker + sieves for powder classification, several furnaces (including one with controlled atmosphere capability); and a 60-ton Baldwin press for powder compaction.

Soft Matter Research and Polymer Processing Laboratories
These laboratories contain computerized thermal analysis facilities including differential scanning calorimeters (DSC), dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) and thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA); single-fiber tensile tester; strip biaxial tensile tester; vacuum evaporator; spincoater; centrifuge; optical microscope with hot stage; liquid crystal tester; microbalance; ultrasonic cleaner; laser holographic fabrication system; polymer injection molder and single screw extruder.

Natural Polymers and Photonics Laboratory
This laboratory contains a spectroscopic ellipsometer for film characterization; high purity liquid chromatography (HPLC) system; lyophilizer; centrifuge; refractometer; electro-spinning system for producing nano-fibers.

X-ray Tomography Laboratory
This laboratory contains a high resolution X-ray tomography instrument and a cluster of computers for 3D microstructure reconstruction; mechanical stage, a positioning stage and a cryostage for in-situ testing. For more information on departmental facilities, please visit the Department’s Facilities page at http://www.materials.drexel.edu/research/facilities/

Centralized Research Facilities
The Department of Materials Science & Engineering relies on Core Facilities within the University for materials characterization and micro- and nano-fabrication. These facilities contain state-of-the-art materials characterization instruments, including environmental and variable pressure field-emission scanning electron microscopes with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) for elemental analysis, and Orientation Image Microscopy (OIM) for texture analysis; a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with STEM capability and TEM sample preparation equipment; a dual beam focused ion beam (FIB) system for nano-characterization and nano fabrication; a femtosecond/ terahertz laser Raman spectrometer; visible and ultraviolet Raman micro spectrometers with a total of 7 excitation wavelengths for non-destructive chemical and structural analysis and Surface Enhanced Raman (SERS); a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer with a microscope and full array of accessories; a Nanoindenter; an X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)/Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) system; and X-Ray Diffractometers (XRD), including small angle/wide angle X-Ray scattering (SAX/WAX).

More details of these instruments, information how to access them and instrument usage rates can be found at http://crf.coe.drexel.edu/


Courses

MATE 500 Structure and Properties of Metals 3.0 Credits

Covers crystallography, crystal defects, dislocation mechanisms, phase transformations, recovery and recrystallization, diffusional processes, and strengthening mechanisms.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 501 Structure and Properties of Polymers 3.0 Credits

Covers step and free radical polymers, copolymerization, molecular weight characteristics, polymer morphology, thermodynamics, viscoelasticity, yielding and crazing, and Boltzmann and T-T superpositions.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 502 Structure and Properties of Ceramic and Electronic Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers bonding; crystal structure; defects; diffusion; electrical conductivity; and mechanical, electrical, dielectric, magnetic, and thermal properties.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 503 Introduction to Materials Engineering 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introductory overview of materials science and engineering at the graduate level. The fundamental linkages between processing, structure and properties will be addressed with emphasis on micro- and nano-structural impacts on properties.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 505 Phase Equilibria 3.0 Credits

Covers thermodynamic concepts of phase equilibria, including unary, binary, and ternary systems; pressure effects; and relationships between phase diagrams and structure.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 506 Diffusion 3.0 Credits

Covers atomic migration in solids, self-diffusion, concentration gradients, mathematical analysis of diffusion, and applications of numerical methods.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 507 Kinetics 3.0 Credits

Covers nucleation phenomena in homogeneous and heterogeneous metallic and ceramic systems, strain energy analysis, composition fluctuation analysis, growth and solution kinetics of second phases, coarsening processes, martensitic transformations, and crystallization of glass.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 510 Thermodynamics of Solids 3.0 Credits

Covers classical thermodynamics, introduction to statistical mechanics, solution theory, thermodynamics of interfaces and crystal defects, and phase diagrams and reaction equilibrium.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 512 Introduction to Solid State Materials 3.0 Credits

This course is a graduate level introduction to solid-state materials. The effects of crystal structure and bonding on properties will be discussed. Quantum theory of solids will be used to elucidate the electronic transport, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of solid state materials.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 514 Structure, Symmetry, and Properties of Materials 3.0 Credits

Structure–property relationships form a cornerstone for performance-engineering in nearly all materials. Condensed matter systems, including inorganic or organic materials, are defined by their internal structure—the distribution of atoms, defects, and large scale domains with preferred microstructures. This class aims to familiarize materials science students with the real space and k-space structural description of both ideal (defect free) and realistic (imperfect) crystalline materials and the properties derived from the underlying point and transitional symmetry.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 503 [Min Grade: C]

MATE 515 Experimental Technique in Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers electron microscopy techniques, scanning transmission and Auger analysis, x-ray diffraction, x-ray wavelength dispersive and energy dispersive analysis, thermal analysis, statistics and error analysis, and design of experiments.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 525 Introduction to Composite Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers classification and definition of composite materials; properties of fibers, matrices, and their interfaces; structural geometry of reinforcing materials; formation and testing of composites; and properties and analysis of composite materials.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 530 Solidification Processing I 3.0 Credits

Covers principles of solidification processing, heat flow during solidification, thermodynamics and kinetics of nucleation and growth, solute redistribution, interfacial stability and morphology, transport phenomena: continuum treatments and structural effects, and rapid solidification.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 531 Solidification Processing II 3.0 Credits

The technology of solidification processing is covered in this course; clean metal processing; crystal growth; squeeze casting; thixo-and compo-casting; diffusion solidification and rheocasting; continuous casting processes, VM, VAR, ESR, and VADER processing; structural control via MDH; rapid solidification processes (RSP); microgravity casting.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 535 Numerical Engineering Methods 3.0 Credits

Covers numerical solution of non-linear equations, linear systems, and integration of ordinary differential equations. Introduces finite differences and finite elements. Provides a user's perspective of finite elements, element selection, convergence, and error estimation. Applications to heat transfer, diffusion, stress analysis, and coupled problems. Maple and ABAQUS (a commercial non-linear finite element program) are used in this course. A term project using ABAQUS is required. Emphasis is placed on materials engineering examples.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 536 Materials Seminar Series 1.0 Credit

MSE hosts visitors from materials and materials-related academic departments, national laboratories and industry to visit and interact with students and to present a seminar. Students will interact with visitors. Lectures on other selected topics: safety and health, ethics in science & engineering research, and writing and presentation skills.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 12 times for 12 credits

MATE 540 Polymer Morphology 3.0 Credits

Covers crystallography, crystallization, single crystals, bulk crystallization, orientation, amorphous polymers, and experimental techniques.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 541 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy and Related Techniques 3.0 Credits

This course covers fundamentals of electron optics, electron-specimen interaction, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Elastic (high resolution and in situ TEM) and inelastic scattering techniques (energy dispersive spectroscopy, electron energy loss speciroscopy) are reviewed. An introduction to scanning electron microscopy ( SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), and sample preparation is provided.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 542 Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials 3.0 Credits

This course encompasses the nuclear fuel cycle, including extraction, enrichment, transmutation in a nuclear reactor, reprocessing, waste processing, repository performance, materials for nuclear reactors, mechanical and thermal performance will be discussed.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 543 Thermal Spray Technology 3.0 Credits

Thermal spray technology and coatings provides "solutions" to a large number of surface engineering problems - wear, corrosion, thermal degradation. This course will [i] be of interest and use to students majoring in materials, mechanical, chemical, electrical & environmental engineering; [ii] provide a thorough grounding and understanding of thermal spray processes, their principles and applications; [iii] integrate this knowledge with practical engineering applications and current industrial surfacing practice.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 544 Nanostructured Polymeric Materials 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to address the role of polymer science in Nanotechnology. Topics that will be covered include block copolymer templated self assembly, polymer thin and thick films, LBL, self assembly, soft lithography and polymer nanocomposites.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 501 [Min Grade: C]

MATE 545 Fracture of Polymeric Materials 3.0 Credits

Theoretical strength; defects; brittle fracture;fracture surfaces; fracture mechanics; creep failure; fatigue failure; environmental stress cracking; composite failure; crazing; impact and high-speed failure.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 560 Powder Metallurgy I 3.0 Credits

Covers commercial and near-commercial methods of powder making, material and process variables, atomization mechanisms, powder properties and characterization, powder compaction, and properties in the green state.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 561 Powder Metallurgy II 3.0 Credits

Covers powder consolidation: pressing and sintering; preform forging, rolling, extrusion, and hot isostatic pressing; innovative powder processing techniques, including spray forming; and structure-property relationships in press and sinter and fully dense materials.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 563 Ceramics 3.0 Credits

This course deals with the structure and bonding of ceramics. The fundamental role of point defects on electric and diffusional properties is discussed. Sintering, both solid and liquid phase, is explored. What affects strength, creep, subcritical crack growth and fatigue of ceramics is elucidated. Glasses and their properties are examined.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 565 Crystal Mechanics I 3.0 Credits

Covers crystal plasticity, texture development, continuum aspects of dislocations, interaction and intersection of dislocations, dislocation multiplication, dislocations in crystalline solids, and dislocation boundaries and configurations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 566 Crystal Mechanics II 3.0 Credits

Covers Peierls-Nabarro stress, thermally activated flow, work hardening, creep, superplasticity, ductile and brittle fracture, and fatigue.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 570 Materials Processing I 3.0 Credits

Covers metal deformation processes: slab and deformation work analyses; slip line theory; and upper bound analysis applied to upsetting, drawing, extrusion, rolling, and deep drawing.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MATE 571 Materials Processing II 3.0 Credits

Manufacture of objects from powder--atomization, compaction, sintering, and liquid phase consolidation techniques; deformation processing of powder preforms; manufacture of shapes by high-strength cold deformation-preferred orientation, substructure, strengthening mechanisms.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MATE 572 Materials for High Temperature and Energy 3.0 Credits

This graduate level introduction to high temperature materials and materials used for energy applications, deals with metals and ceramics that are used in systems that produce or store energy, such as power generation facilities, solid oxide fuel cells, batteries, photovollaics, thermoelectric generators and supercapacitors.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 573 Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Characterization of Energy Materials 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the selection criteria for component materials in each of these applications and cover how critical properties – electronic conductivity, mobility, ionic conductivity, magnetization, optical absorption, Seebeck coefficient – are measured.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 576 Recycling of Materials 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the selection criteria for recycling component materials. Recycling involves both reusing materials for energy applications and reprocessing materials into new products.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 580 Special Topics in Materials Engineering 0.5-9.0 Credits

Covers selected advanced-level topics. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MATE 582 Materials for Energy Storage 3.0 Credits

The course will address principles of operation of electrochemical energy storage devices and describe materials used in those devices.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 583 Environmental Effects on Materials 3.0 Credits

Environmental degradation is explored with focus on electrochemical corrosion reactions in metals and alloys due to atmospheric, aqueous, chemical or elevated temperature exposure. In addition, high temperature degradation of ceramics and degradation of polymers due to exposure to heat, light and chemicals will be addressed. The role of these environmental effects during service and the impact on performance and reliability will be explored.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 585 Nanostructured Carbon Materials 3.0 Credits

Covers advanced carbon materials ranging from diamond to fullerenes and nanotubes. Structure, properties and applications will be discussed.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 602 Soft Materials 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the field of Soft Materials to senior undergraduate and graduate students. Topics that will be covered include Polymers, Gels, Colloids, Amphiphiles and Liquid Crystals.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 605 Computer Simulation of Materials and Processes I 4.0 Credits

Simulation of equilibrium and transport properties of materials by Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics methods.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 610 Mechanical Behavior of Solids 3.0 Credits

Covers stress and strain, three-dimensional nomenclature, hydrostatic and deviatoric stresses, isotropic and anisotropic elasticity and plasticity, viscoelasticity, crack growth, and fracture.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 651 Advanced Polymer Processing 3.0 Credits

Covers continuum mechanics; heat transfer; application to extrusion, calendering, coating, injection molding, film blowing, rotational molding, and fiber spinning; powder processing; design; and equipment selection.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 661 Biomedical Materials I 3.0 Credits

This course covers biocompatibility; implantable devices; survey of materials properties; corrosion;; cardiovascular applications; orthopedic applications; kidney dialysis; artificial heart and lung devices.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 662 Biomedical Materials II 3.0 Credits

This course covers phase equilibria; strengthening of materials; dental cast alloys; denture base materials; adhesives and sealants; porcelain and glasses; dental materials laboratory.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MATE 699 Independent Study and Research 0.5-9.0 Credits

Hours and credits to be arranged.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MATE 702 Natural Polymers 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to natural and biomimetic polymers with an interdisciplinary view of biology, chemistry and macromolecular science. An understanding of natural building blocks and methods by which nature carries out polymer synthesis and modification reactions is coupled with insights into DNA; structural proteins; polysaccharides; and a wide variety of renewable resources.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATE 501 [Min Grade: C]

MATE 897 Research 1.0-12.0 Credit

Hours and credits to be arranged.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MATE or major is MSE.

MATE 898 [WI] Master's Thesis 1.0-12.0 Credit

Hours and credits to be arranged. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MATE or major is MSE.

MATE 998 Ph.D. Dissertation 1.0-12.0 Credit

Hours and credits to be arranged.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MATE or major is MSE.

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty

Michel Barsoum, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A. W. Grosvenor Professor. Professor. Processing and characterization of novel ceramics and ternary compounds, especially the MAX and 2-D MXene phases.
Hao Cheng, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Drug delivery, molecular self-assembly, cell-nanomaterial interactions, regenerative medicine and cell membrane engineering.
Yury Gogotsi, PhD (Kiev Polytechnic Institute) Director, A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. Distinguished University & Trustee Chair Professor. Nanomaterials; carbon nanotubes; nanodiamond; graphene; MXene; materials for energy storage, supercapacitors, and batteries.
Richard Knight, PhD (Loughborough University) Associate Department Head and Undergraduate Advisor. Teaching Professor. Thermal plasma technology; thermal spray coatings and education; plasma chemistry and synthesis.
Christopher Y. Li, PhD (University of Akron). Professor. Soft and hybrid materials for optical, energy, and bio applications; polymeric materials, nanocomposites, structure and properties.
Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE (University of Pennsylvania) Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research. Professor. Orthopedic biomaterials; acellular regenerative medicine, biomimetic proteoglycans; hydrogels.
Steven May, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Synthesis of complex oxide films, superlattices, and devices; materials for energy conversion and storage; magnetic and electronic materials; x-ray and neutron scattering.
Ekaterina Pomerantseva, PhD (Moscow State University, Russia). Assistant Professor. Solid state chemistry; electrochemical characterization, lithium-ion batteries, energy generation and storage; development and characterization of novel nanostructured materials, systems and architectures for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.
James Rondinelli, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara). Assistant Professor. Electronic structure theory of inorganic materials; atomic structure driven view of functional properties; density functional theory-based materials design; inorganic carbides, oxides and fluorides for electronic, magnetic, optical and electrochemical applications.
Caroline L. Schauer, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook) Graduate Advisor. Associate Professor. Polysaccharide thin films and nanofibers.
Wei-Heng Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. Colloidal ceramics and sol-gel processing; piezoelectric biosensors, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting devices; nanocrystalline quantum dots for bioimaging, lighting, and solar cells.
Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD (Columbia University). Associate Professor. Electronic, ferroic and plasmonic nanostructures and thin-film materials and interfaces; scanning probe microscopy; laser spectroscopy, including Raman scattering.
Mitra Taheri, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Hoeganeas Assistant Professor of Metallurgy. Assistant Professor. Development of the ultrafast Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) for the study of laser-induced microstructural evolution/phase transformations in nanostructured materials; use of various in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques.
Garritt Tucker, PhD (Georgial Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Computational materials science and engineering; microstructural evolutiona nd material behavior in extreme environments; interfacial-driven processes for improving material functionality; multi-scale physics modeling.
Christopher Weyant, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Antonios Zavaliangos, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Department Head and Professor. Constitutive modeling; powder compaction and sintering; pharmaceutical tableting, X-ray tomography.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Jason Baxter, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara). Associate Professor. Solar cells, semiconductor nanomaterials, ultrafast spectroscopy.
Yossef A. Elabd, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Professor. Fuel cells; polymer membranes; diffusion in polymers.
Adam K. Fontecchio, PhD (Brown University) Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor. Electro-optics; remote sensing; active optical elements; liquid crystal devices.
Alexander Fridman, DSc, PhD (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, John A. Nyheim Endowed University Chair Professor, Director of the Drexel Plasma Institute. Professor. Plasma science and technology; pollutant mitigation; super-adiabatic combustion; nanotechnology and manufacturing.
Haviva M. Goldman, PhD (City University of New York) Neurobiology and Anatomy. Associate Professor. Understanding how the size and shape of whole bones, as well as the distribution quantity and quality of the mineralized tissue that forms the bone, reflect both evolutionary constraints of skeletal growth and development, and responsiveness to mechanical loading during life.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Emin Caglan Kumbur, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Assistant Professor. Next generation energy technologies; fuel cell design and development.
Kenneth K.S. Lau, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Surface science; nanotechnology; polymer thin films and coatings; chemical vapor deposition.
Bahram Nabet, PhD (University of Washington) Associate Dean for Special Projects, College of Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor. Optoelectronics; fabrication and modeling; fiber optic devices; nanoelectronics; nanowires.
Giuseppe R. Palmese, PhD (University of Delaware) Department Head, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Professor. Reacting polymer systems; nanostructured polymers; radiation processing of materials; composites and interfaces.
Wan Young Shih, PhD (Ohio State University) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Karl Sohlberg, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. Computational and theoretical materials-related chemistry: (1) complex catalytic materials; (2) mechanical and electrical molecular devices.
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (ex vivo gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.

Emeritus Faculty

Roger D. Corneliussen, PhD (University of Chicago). Professor Emeritus. Fracture, blends and alloys, as well as compounding.
Roger D. Doherty, PhD (Oxford University). Professor Emeritus. Metallurgical processing; thermo-mechanical treatment.
Ihab L. Kamel, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor Emeritus. Nanotechnology, polymers, composites, biomedical applications, and materials-induced changes through plasma and high energy radiation.
Jack Keverian, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Professor Emeritus. Rapid parts manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing systems, strip production systems, technical and/or economic modeling, melting and casting systems, recycling systems.
Alan Lawley, PhD (University of Birmingham, England). Professor Emeritus. Mechanical and physical metallurgy, powder metallurgy, materials engineering design, engineering education.
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