Enrolling for Fall 2018

Major: Nanomaterials
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 15.1601
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2199

About the Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain an advanced understanding of nanomaterials in this Master of Science degree program. Students will attend lectures and work in laboratories alongside faculty and other students to solve problems in energy and health using novel approaches in the area of nanomaterials. The program is designed to expand knowledge and integrate critical thinking and research in everyday life. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will work in conjunction with the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute to deliver this academic program.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Danielle Kopicko, M.S.Ed.
Associate Director, A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute

Admission Requirements

U.S. Students: Aug. 1 (Fall) Nov. 1(Winter) Feb. 1(Spring) N/A(Summer)
International Students June 13 N/A N/A N/A

Applications are accepted at any time. Funding options are decided on an individual basis.

International Students: Consideration for a term other than fall requires special permission from the academic department prior to application.


For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

• Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

• Transcripts

Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
International students: If you have already graduated from your previous institution at the time of your application, please email your graduation certificate(s) attached as PDF or Microsoft Word documents to

• Standardized Test Scores
GRE test scores are required; minimum score varies.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
Select 15.0 credits from the list below:15.0
Nanoscale Fields
Introduction to Materials Engineering
Thermodynamics of Solids
Introduction to Solid State Materials
Experimental Technique in Materials
Nanostructured Carbon Materials
Fundamentals of Nanomanufacturing
Academic Track: Choose one*21.0-23.0
Biochemistry I
Tissue Engineering I
Tissue Engineering II
Nano and Molecular Mechanics of Biological Materials
Biomaterials I
Biomaterials II
Structure and Properties of Polymers
Nanostructured Polymeric Materials
Biomedical Materials I
Nanomaterials for Energy
Quantum Chemistry Of Molecules I
Electrochemistry for Chemists
Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering
Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials
Nanostructured Polymeric Materials
Materials for High Temperature and Energy
Materials for Energy Storage
Thesis or Non-Thesis option **9.0
Master's Thesis
Chose 9.0 credits from courses listed in the concentrations above
Total Credits45.0-47.0

 Students selecting the Nanobiomaterials track will complete 47.0 credits.


Master's Thesis students take MATE 898 [WI] for 9.0 credits while Non-Master's Thesis students select 9.0 credits from courses listed within each concentration. Additionally, Non-Master's Thesis students may request approval from the Grad Advisor to take Special Topics courses.

Sample Plan of Study

Nanomaterials for Energy Track (Thesis Option)

Term 1Credits
ET 681Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering3.0
MATE 503Introduction to Materials Engineering3.0
MATE 515Experimental Technique in Materials3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
MATE 510Thermodynamics of Solids3.0
MATE 585Nanostructured Carbon Materials3.0
PHYS 553Nanoscience3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
MATE 507Kinetics3.0
MATE 582Materials for Energy Storage3.0
MATE 572Materials for High Temperature and Energy3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
ECEE 821Nanoelectronics3.0
MATE 512Introduction to Solid State Materials3.0
MATE 898 [WI] *Master's Thesis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
MATE 544Nanostructured Polymeric Materials3.0
MATE 898 [WI] *Master's Thesis6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Students enrolled in the Master's Thesis program make take up to 9.0 additional credits of MATE 898 [WI] with the approval of their Graduate Advisor making their program 54.0 credits.

Students enrolled in the Non-Master's Thesis program take electives in place of MATE 898 [WI] .

Nanobiomaterials Track (Thesis Option)

Term 1Credits
BMES 660Biomaterials I4.0
MATE 503Introduction to Materials Engineering3.0
MEM 517Fundamentals of Nanomanufacturing3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 2
BMES 661Biomaterials II4.0
MATE 585Nanostructured Carbon Materials3.0
MATE 661Biomedical Materials I3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 3
BMES 541Nano and Molecular Mechanics of Biological Materials3.0
MATE 507Kinetics3.0
CHEM 555Quantum Chemistry Of Molecules I3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
BIO 500Biochemistry I3.0
MATE 501Structure and Properties of Polymers3.0
MATE 898 [WI] *Master's Thesis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
MATE 510Thermodynamics of Solids3.0
MATE 898 [WI] *Master's Thesis3.0
PHYS 553Nanoscience3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 47.0

Students enrolled in the Master's Thesis program make take up to 9.0 additional credits of MATE 898 [WI] with the approval of their Graduate Advisor making their program 56.0 credits.

Students enrolled in the Non-Master's Thesis program take electives in place of MATE 898 [WI] .

Nanomaterials MS Faculty

Michel Barsoum, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Distinguished 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 & Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor. Nanomaterials; carbon nanotubes; nanodiamond; graphene; MXene; materials for energy storage, supercapacitors, and batteries.
Maher Harb, PhD (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor. Solid state physics, ultrafast electron diffraction, time-resolved X-ray diffraction, ultrafast lasers, nanofabrication, nano/microfluidics, instrument development, vacuum technologies.
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.
Andrew Magenau, PhD (University of Southern Mississippi). Assistant Professor. Structurally complex materials exhibiting unique physical properties designed and fabricated using an assortment of methodologies involving directed self-assembly, externally applied stimuli, structure-function correlation, and applied engineering principles suited for technologies in regenerative medicine, biological interfacing, catalytic, electronic, and optical applications
Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE (University of Pennsylvania) Department Head. Professor. Orthopedic biomaterials; acellular regenerative medicine, biomimetic proteoglycans; hydrogels.
Steven May, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor. 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). Anne Stevens 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.
Caroline L. Schauer, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook). 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 (Colombia University) Associate Dean, Strategic Planning, College of Engineering. Professor. Light-matter interactions in electronic materials, including ferroelectric semiconductors, complex oxide thin film science; laser spectroscopy including Raman scattering.
Mitra Taheri, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Hoeganeas Associate Professor of Metallurgy. Associate 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 <em>in-situ </em>Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques.
Christopher Weyant, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Antonios Zavaliangos, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A.W. Grosvenor Professor. Professor. Constitutive modeling; powder compaction and sintering; pharmaceutical tableting, X-ray tomography.
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