Materials Science


Modern materials science seeks to understand and influence the behavior of materials at a variety of length scales, ranging from the atomic to the macroscopic, utilizing experimental and theoretical or computational tools as probes. Our experimental research includes nanoscience, biomaterials, high-temperature materials, laser-materials interaction and electrochemical process with diverse applications from transportation to medicine to renewable energy.

Current Projects:

  • Lasers are used to construct nano-structured materials for energy storage and power generation and are exploited in the field of adaptive optics and micromanipulation of materials with light.
  • Quantum mechanics-based simulation tools are developed and used to enable discovery and design of materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors.
  • Microstructural evolution is being examined with phase field approaches with applications to organic electronics, mechanics of materials, energy storage and renewable energy.
  • Electrochemical materials processing and additive, high throughput fabrication methods are being studied for energy storage applications, with a focus on low cost, long life systems. Static and dynamic strain analysis of complex materials systems as applied to energy storage.
  • Statistical mechanics tools are used to study the role of thermal fluctuations and disorder for the mechanics of materials and to guide a design of new mechanical metamaterials. Such metamaterials can be used to make sensitive force sensors, flexible electronics, drug delivery containers, micro-actuators, materials with tunable non-linear response, etc.
Craig Arnold
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
(609) 258-0250
D404C Engineering Quadrangle/Bowen Hall Rm 320
Emily A. Carter - headshot
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics
(609) 258-5391
C230 Engineering Quadrangle
Daniel Cohen
Assistant Professor
109 Hoyt
Mikko Haataja
(609) 258-9126
D404C Engineering Quadrangle
Andrej Kosmrlj
Assistant Professor
(609) 258-8613
D404D Engineering Quadrangle