The Center for Materials Science & Engineering provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the study of materials. The faculty members conduct research in many areas, including the following:

  • Polymer engineering
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Polymer physics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Electronic materials
  • Metallurgy
  • Theoretical solid state physics
  • Transport phenomena
  • Electron-phonon interactions
  • Nonlinear phenomena
  • Electronic properties of molecular crystals
  • Experimental low temperature physics
  • Large scale computations
  • Parallel processing
  • Superconductivity
  • Low temperature physics
  • Photographic materials
  • Transport phenomena in solids
  • Amorphous (glassy) material stress and adhesion in thin films
  • Surface modification by glow discharge plasma and/or ion bombardment
  • Dislocation theory
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Sintering
  • Numerical modeling
  • Digital image analysis
  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Micromechanics of heteroepitaxial structures
  • Experimental physics
  • Orphological filters in image processing of microstructures
  • Synthesis and characterization of polymers with nonlinear optical properties
  • Hybrid organic/inorganic polymers
  • Ferroelectric ceramics and speciality materials
  • Optical properties of photoreceptor materials
  • Electronics
  • Microcomputer interfacing
  • Characterization of structure and phase transitions in surfactant systems (micelles, microemulsions and liquid crystals) using scattering techniques
  • Mass and surface fractals in condensed matter systems
  • Theories of liquids
  • Chaos in simple non-linear physical systems
  • Deposition of metals onto polymeric substrates
  • Effects of surface modification of polymer substrates on growth of PVD (physical vapor deposited) films
  • Glow discharge and ion bombardment
  • Stress in sputtered thin films
  • Adhesion of PVD thin films
  • Multilayer optical filters
  • Microlithography
  • 193 nm lithography
  • Multilayer resist processing
  • Attenuated phase shift mask materials
 
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