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Category = Materials Science // Subcategory = Research_Universities
1. Cornell University - Research - Department of Materials Science and Engineering The field of Materials Science & Engineering is evolving dramatically as we enter the 21st Century. What began as the study of metals and ceramics in the 1960s has broadened in recent years to include semiconductors and soft materials. With this evolution and broadening of the discipline, current research projects span multiple materials classes and build on expertise in many different fields. As a result, current research in Materials Science and Engineering is increasingly defined by materials systems rather than materials classes.
At Cornell, the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E) has adopted this new systems-based vision of the field by defining four strategic areas which are considered to be critical for today’s emerging research. The four strategic research areas are Energy Production and Storage, Electronics and Photonics, Bioinspired Materials and Systems, and Green Technologies.
Materials Science & Engineering is an exciting and vibrant interdisciplinary research field. Cornell MS&E draws upon its world-class faculty, innovative researchers, state-of-the-art facilities and highly collaborative research environment to respond to challenging technological and societal demands both in the present and the future.
2. University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy - Research The Department is one of the leading materials science departments in the world. In the UK's Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, the Department had the highest Quality Profile in the 'metallurgy and materials' subject area, and indeed was in the group of four highest rated science and engineering departments in the UK, each with a 'grade point average' of 3.35. Our research covers a very wide range of materials, from creating new materials to improving existing materials. We are very well equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in both materials science and materials engineering. Our research is sponsored by about 130 different industries and governments throughout the world. The Department welcomes new graduates from throughout the world into its research school, and we welcome new support from industry.
3. University of Maryland - Research, Materials Science and Engineering Materials science and engineering (MSE, or MatSci) combines engineering, physics and chemistry, and uses them to solve real-world problems in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy, manufacturing, and other major engineering fields. Materials scientists may work with biotechnology, ceramics, electronics, energy, liquid crystals, metals, metamaterials, plasma, polymers, semiconductors, nanotechnology, or composites.
4. University of Michigan - Research - Materials Science and EngineeringResearch at Michigan
Materials research at the University of Michigan covers a broad spectrum of activities with the common goal of improving how materials are utilized and produced to meet the needs of society. Our research spans a broad range of material systems, applications and technical approaches. Just a small sampling of our activity includes the development of:
- aluminum alloys to increase fuel efficiency by decreasing vehicle weight
- conductive polymer coatings to interface electronics with neural tissue enabling prosthetic devices to restore sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf
- semiconductor structures for use in new computer architectures based on inherently quantum mechanical effects
- organic molecule based solar cells to harvest energy more cost effectively from the sun
- methods to guide the assembly of nano-particles into structures useful for catalysis, photonics and molecular electronics
- piezoelectric ceramics for use as ultrasound transducers in medical applications
- high strength alloys for use at extreme temperatures in engines and turbines
- fabrication of ceramic materials for use in bone tissue engineering
- new materials for nuclear waste management on geologic time frames
- simulation methods to predict how processing affects reliability and can be used to prevent failure
- controlled laser manipulation of materials