Why study Materials Science & Engineering?

The Materials Science and Engineering department offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (M.S.), and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). The program comprises primarily the sub-fields of metals, polymers, and ceramics, together with composites, electronic, photonic, bio and functional materials. The research focus areas of the MSE program are diverse including additive manufacturing; high temperature and lightweight alloys; shape memory alloys; functional thin films, magnetic materials, polymer structures and interfacial properties, scattering theory and experiments; conducting polymers and composites; biomaterials; nano materials and nano photonics, carbon nanotubes and graphene, smart materials; soft matter; energy materials, and nano biomedicine.

The research on metallurgical and ceramic science and engineering deals with a wide range of fundamental materials issues relating to phase transformations, microstructure evolution and mechanical properties, including fatigue, creep, fracture, and wear and how they are impacted by processing. Some examples of research areas include gas-phase alloying and sintering kinetics of 3D printed metallic materials; in-situ monitoring of sensitization and environmental cracking mechanisms of aluminum alloys; advanced mechanical surface treatment effects on mechanical properties, corrosion and stress corrosion cracking of lightweight, high temperature and nuclear alloys; design of alloys for extreme environments; and thermodynamic and computational modeling. Processing of metals and ceramics is another important emphasis of materials research such as powder metallurgy, ceramic sintering, thin film deposition, solidification and additive manufacturing processes like laser powder bed fusion.  

Polymer materials research is principally in the areas of synthesis, processing, structure and property characterization. Advanced functional polymeric materials with structural hierarchy are investigated and developed for fundamental studies and application in extreme conditions: high pressure, temperature, corrosion, and dynamic stresses. The hierarchically-organized materials typically display elemental entities of different structural dimensions, characteristic length scales, and unique properties, and consist of nanoparticle interfaces with metals/ceramics, soft matter, and biological cells. Novel processing of nanomaterials is also used to create new composite materials with improved properties.

Admission Requirements

The MSE program, in combination with the Advanced Materials Characterization Center and other Centers and laboratories has excellent facilities for materials processing, testing and characterization. Through their research projects and these facilities, students will have opportunities to learn the use of modern instrumental techniques including advanced processing, mechanical testing systems, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, compositional analysis, small-angle and wide-angle X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, infrared and X-ray photoelectron infrared spectroscopy.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Donglu Shi
493 Rhodes Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-3100

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Program Code: 20MAS-MSE-MENG