Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Contact Us

Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Prospective Graduate Students


Rice University's Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering graduate programs offer students a collaborative atmosphere and an environment that values independence, innovation and scholarship. Our students are members of a highly selective academic community. MSNE programs emphasize applied as well as theoretical aspects of materials science and nanoengineering. Many MSNE faculty members have joint appointments in other science and engineering departments, assuring a diverse program in a broad materials science field.

Enrollments and degrees awarded for the degree programs in the Engineering School are available at

Research areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Carbon Nanomaterials Composites
  • Composites
  • Computational Materials Science and Material Theories
  • Electron Microscopy and in situ Methods
  • Electronic Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Low Dimensional Materials
  • Mechanical Properties and Nanomechanics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optical Materials, Photonics and Nanoplasmonics
  • Surfaces, Interfaces, Coatings and Thin Films
  • Ultralight-Weight Ultrahigh-Strength Multifunctional Materials
  • Theory/modeling/simulations
  • Metallurgy and metals processing
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Graduate degree requirements

Professional Master's Degree (MMSNE)

Master of Science (MSMSNE)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)