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IMSE Research

Students work collaboratively on a range of advanced materials to improve medicine and health care through using nanoparticles to create better biomaterials.

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About IMSE

IMSE leverages the full potential of interdisciplinary materials research by bringing together researchers from engineering, physics, chemistry, and earth and planetary sciences.

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IMSE Facilities

IMSE currently has approximately 14,000 net ft2 of facility space which includes a nanofabrication facility and a materials characterization facility. It is supported by 3.75 FTE professional technical and administrative staff.

Materials Science and Engineering is the interdisciplinary field focused on the development and application of new materials with desirable properties and microstructures. Disciplines in the physical sciences and engineering fields frequently play a central role in developing the fundamental knowledge that is needed for materials studies. The discipline of Materials Science and Engineering integrates this knowledge and uses it to design and develop new materials and to mate these with appropriate technological needs.


IMSE Facilities

The majority of the IMSE user facilities are located in the basement of Rudolph Hall (Earth and Planetary Sciences), including a 14,000 net sq ft facility opened in Fall 2013 which includes a nanofabrication facility and a materials characterization facility These facilities are available for use by researchers both inside and outside the university. Please email the relevant point of contact regarding user fees, training, and scheduling.


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Graduate Program

The IMSE offers an interdisciplinary PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering designed to allow students to easily work across departmental boundaries. Students apply directly to the IMSE, pursue coursework offered by several of the member departments, and conduct their thesis research with the mentorship of interdisciplinary faculty teams. This allows our students to take advantage of the rich breadth of materials science expertise and facilities across the University.

How to Apply

Our Research

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Upcoming Events

  • April 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Brauer Hall, Room 3015
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Proposal Presentation, Qinyi Chen, IMSE PhD Candidate

IMSE in the News

Prof. Erik Henriksen

Two Dimensional: Not a negative thing

April 12, 2019

When one looks at the world around us, we usually see three dimensions of space. That is, things have length, breadth and width. In the world of mathematics, we may have abstractions of fewer dimension, like a point, line or surface, but it is...