MS&E Graduate Program-Nanomaterials Thrust
The multidisciplinary Nanomaterials Thrust is focused on the study of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers. Unique phenomena occur in these size scales that can be exploited in novel applications. Nanomaterials are currently used in a wide array of applications including in bumpers on cars, paints, and coatings to protect against corrosion, protective and glare-reducing coatings for eyeglasses and cars, metal-cutting tools, sunscreens and cosmetics, tennis balls, tennis racquets, stain-free clothing, burn and wound dressings, inks, and automotive catalytic converters (source). In the future it is anticipated that nanomaterials will allow major advances in high energy density rechargeable batteries, improved low cost solar cells, commercially viable fuel cells, more energy efficient catalysts, high strength structural materials for aerospace applications, faster and more efficient semiconductor electronics, and improved methods for treating diseases by targeting diseased tissue (source).
Nanotechnology is a major thrust at UT Austin with over 100 faculty involved. The Texas Materials Institute and the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology provide critical infrastructure and modern equipment for conducting interdisciplinary nanomaterials research. The Nanomaterials Thrust within the Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering offers a powerful opportunity for multidisciplinary research by fostering collaborations across 8 academic departments ranging from chemistry to mechanical engineering. Doctoral students in MS&E participate in the Center’s Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanotechnology to further enhance their educational opportunities.
Students who have a strong background in any of the physical sciences or engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering. MS&E students that select the Nanomaterials Thrust will take a sequence of courses from basic to advanced designed to educate them in the fundamentals of materials science as well as critical skills in processing, characterization and applications of nanomaterials. For details, see the information on our Masters and Doctoral Programs.