Our faculty design, synthesize and process materials that can adapt their properties based on external stimuli to understand the roles of structure and chemistry in determining functional properties under different external fields and to design functional devices.
Our researchers employ a range of advanced tools that include high-performance research computing, additive manufacturing techniques and high-resolution microscopes that model, manipulate, characterize and visualize new structural materials.
Engineers seek to understand the underlying connections between processing, microstructure, property and performance. There has been considerable progress in the development of computational tools capable of predicting materials behavior at different scales.
Corrosion affects all classes of materials and is a concern in virtually all technologies. Our faculty work on several corrosion-related topics, including the physicochemical basis of corrosion, computational chemistry and the mathematical modeling of corrosion.
Our faculty are working at the frontiers of materials chemistry, processing science and computational materials science to enable the next generation of high-performance, durable and sustainable infrastructure materials that will advance civilization on Earth, the moon and beyond.
Developing materials that survive under harsh conditions and perform to desired specifications is a grand challenge for future technologies, such as hypersonic flight, blast-resistant infrastructure and commercial fusion reactors. Our faculty are at the forefront of engineering high-performing materials for extreme environments.
Our faculty is at the forefront of synthesis and processing of a wide range of materials that can bring new technologies to fruition. Research topics range from high-entropy and shape-memory alloys, and damage, heat and oxidation-tolerant ceramics to self-healing and damage-tolerant polymers and novel 2D materials.
Our faculty are working on challenging problems of developing materials for biomedical, energy and environmental applications, as well as materials that withstand extreme temperature, pressure and provide impact protection by developing reprocessable, environmentally benign materials for a sustainable future.
The multidisciplinary research of quantum materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering bridges materials physics with chemistry, theory and experiments in close collaboration with faculty in other departments and colleges at Texas A&M University and other universities.
Small-scale mechanical testing shows that the smaller the object, the stronger it is. The underlying physical reasons for this phenomenon are the subject of several ongoing research efforts in the department to develop new materials with extraordinary strength.