Our research environment promotes respect, collaboration, student experience, innovation and impact to deliver excellence through diversity.

We conduct innovative research in fundamental and applied areas that have significant impact on the nation’s technology priorities for the benefit of society.

Our Research

Our primary research thrusts are corrosion and electrochemistry; structural materials; electronic, magnetic and optical properties of materials; and soft materials. Core strengths in materials synthesis, characterization, and computation and materials informatics underpin and integrate these research areas. Our track record of success with government and private-sector funding sources positions us to play an active role in translating fundamental research results into real-world applications.

  • Corrosion and Electrochemistry

    Corrosion and Electrochemistry

    Our research groups tackle real-world corrosion issues that resist easy solutions

  • structural materials

    Structural Materials

    We pioneer research in aluminum and magnesium alloys and advance the state-of-the-art in materials for extreme environments

  • Electrical | Magnetic | Optical Properties

    Electronic Magnetic Optical Properties

    Our research makes modern computation and communication possible

  • soft materials

    Soft Materials

    We study and develop soft materials to solve challenges in sustainability and health

  • nanoscale materials

    Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility

    Sophisticated microscopy and materials characterization instrumentation from standard scales down to the atomic level

  • Advanced Materials

    Advanced Materials Synthesis NSF REU Site

    A unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in a summer research program in advanced materials synthesis