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Our world is driven by the materials that are currently available. Millions of everyday consumer products, machines, and innovative technologies are made better because of a new and improved material. The automobile industry has lighter, fuel efficient car bodies. Cell phone and tablet manufacturers take advantage of ultra-thin, damage-resistant glass for displays. Biomedical device companies are using biologically compatible materials to repair and replace parts of the human body.

In fact, many of today's industrial problems await materials solutions: electrical engineers ask for better semiconductors, and computer technology demands materials that store more and more information.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State has become well-known as a small and friendly department that provides unique and high-impact opportunities for undergraduate students including:

  • Small class sizes

  • Personal interactions with faculty, staff, and academic advisors

  • Enriching undergraduate research projects

  • High quality laboratory and senior design experiences

MSE Research Areas

MSE boasts 5 different research areas - below is a visual outline of faculty involvement in each of those areas.

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Structural Materials
carbon capture, material synthesis, thin film synthesis
nanostructrued materials, high entropy alloyws, superconducting materials
mechanical properties, nanostrcutured materials, defect modeling, tribology, precision maching
gradient materials, nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, deformation physics, mechanical properties, modeling
Brenner - Dickey - Hunte - Irving - Jones - Patala - Narayan
Computational Materials Science
nanostructured materials, clusters, surfaces, tribology, nuclear materials, potentials
point defects, surfaces/interfaces, high entropy alloys, electronic materials,wide bandgap materials, oxides
structural materials, nanostructured materials materials by design, interfaces
self-assembly, surfaces and interfaces, morphology, nanoparticles, biomacromolecules, polymers, complex solvents
Collazo - Schwartz - Sitar
Soft Materials and Biomaterials
polymer structure-property relationships, small molecule diffusion in polymers
engineering and science education
biological interfaces to inorganic materials and tissues, surface functionalization and characterization sensors
self-assembling molecular materials, structural DNA nanotechnology, biomolecular engineering
regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, wound healing, mechanobiology of human stem cells
polymer morphology, multiphase, polymer systems, polymer fibers, shape memory polymers, electron microscopy
Collazo - So - Tracy - Yingling
Structural Characterization
microscopy, ceramics, dielectrics, interfaces
difraction, scattering, dielectrics, ceramics, piezoelectrics, mechanics
electron microscopy, structure/property relationships, defect analysis, technique development
Augustyn - Balik - El-Masry - Ivanisevic - Koch - Maria - Patala - Reynolds - Scattergood - Spontak - Tracy - Zhu
Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Materials
electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, transition metal oxides
complex oxides, thin film synthesis, plasmonics, transparent conductors, ceramics, ferroelectricity, dielectric materials
2D materials, nanophotonics, catalysts, optoelectronic devices
structure-property-processing relationship, thin films, modeling, microscopy, nanomaterials
wide bandgap semiconductors, poin defects optics, semiconductor-bio interfaces, optoelectronics, power electronics
III-V and II-VI semicondcutor materials and devices, epitaxial thin films, optoelectronics, nanostructures
growth and characterization of II-V and II-N materials, light emitting diodes, solar cells, spin-electronics
supercondcuting materials, magnetic materials, oxides, forensics
correlated electron materials, superconductivity, topological insulators, coatings
wide bandgap semiconductors, crystal growth, thin films interfaces, optoelectronics, power electronics
compound semicondcutros crystal growth, optoelectronic devices, molecular beam epitaxy
organic electronic materials and devices, nanocrystals, photovoltaics, OLED's, photodectors, device physics
composite thin film, deposition, multilayer, structures, defects and interfaces modeling thermal and electrical conductivity
metal, megnetic, and semicondcutro nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, composites
Cuomo - Dickey - Irving - Ivanisevic - Jones - Koch - LaBean - LeBeau

Jobs in Materials Science & Engineering

Materials science and engineering deals with the behavior of any material and its relationship to structure on all levels: atomic structure, nanostructure, microstructure, and macrostructure. Structure determines the properties of matter: how materials act, how materials react, and how materials function in different environments. Through an understanding of these structure-property relationships, materials engineers can develop new materials or adapt existing ones to meet the design and economic requirements that ultimately advance industry, technology, and society.

Materials Engineers are often asked to:

  • Fabricate new materials and/or improve existing materials;

  • Develop new ways of producing materials;

  • Select materials for parts, devices, and/or systems;

  • Conduct failure analysis to determine what went wrong and why;

  • Analyze the structure of a material to determine properties;

  • Determine how a material responds to an external stimulus

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