Materials research at Rice encompasses many areas including biomaterials, coatings and thin films, optical materials, energy storage and conversion, carbon nanomaterials and composites and the list goes on. The Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of knowledge in materials and producing the materials scientists and engineers of the future.
Excellence — in education and research — is the guiding principle for the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. We strive to provide a welcoming environment where diversity is valued and every student, faculty and staff member is supported in their academic and professional goals. Creativity and ethical practices motivate our efforts as we work to discover and create the new and the groundbreaking in materials science and nano engineering.
Materials science is a broad field involving engineers and scientists from many disciplines: chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, bioengineering, physics, computer engineering, and more. New materials are in demand for medicine, manufacturing, space exploration, defense and many more areas, rendering it one of the most in-demand majors today.