MS&E Graduate Program-Clean Energy Materials Thrust
Rapid depletion of fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns make energy one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. The Clean Energy Materials Thrust is focused on the design and development of high performance materials for alternative energy technologies and developing a fundamental understanding of their structure-property-performance relationships. The thrust includes materials for fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, photovoltaics, solar energy conversion, thermoelectrics, and hydrogen production and storage. The research activities include materials design, chemical synthesis, nanomaterials, advanced materials characterization, prototype energy storage/conversion device fabrication and evaluation, and computational modeling of materials and processes. Some of the researchers in this thrust are also affiliated with UT Austin’s Electrochemical Energy Laboratory.
Students who have a strong background in physical sciences or engineering disciplines with a desire to pursue energy materials as a career are encouraged to apply to our program. MS&E students that select the Clean Energy Materials Thrust will take a sequence of courses to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of materials design, chemical synthesis, processing, characterization, device fabrication, and performance evaluation. For details, see the information on our Masters and Doctoral Programs.