Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

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Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University

Materials science at Rice University has a history of discovery and innovation, going back to the discovery of the spherical fullerene, or buckyball, in 1985. That discovery earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Rick Smalley, Bob Curl and Harold Kroto in 1996 and has spawned materials research in carbon nanotubes across the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Rice. As a result, the Max Planck Society of Germany named Rice University number one in materials science and chemistry in 2013. Faculty in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering hold joint appointments in several other departments: mechanical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical and biomolecular engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering and physics and astronomy. This diversity of disciplines only hints at the interdisciplinary nature of MSNE research at Rice, which goes beyond nanotechnology and includes:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biomaterials
  • Carbon nanomaterials composites
  • Computational materials science and material theories
  • Electron microscopy and in situ methods
  • Electronic materials
  • Energy conversion and storage
  • Low dimensional materials
  • Metallurgy & metals processing
  • Mechanical properties and nanomechanics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optical materials, photonics and nanoplasmonics
  • Surfaces, interfaces, coatings and thin films
  • Theory/modeling/simulations
  • Ultralight-weight ultrahigh-strength multifunctional materials

Degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • B.S. in Materials Science and NanoEngineering (BSMSNE)
  • Professional Master's Degree (MMSNE)
  • Master of Science (MSMSNE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)