Biomedical materials, metals, polymers, glasses and electronic materials are being tested and improved every day by materials engineers and scientists who solve vital problems and advance technology. Where will you make your contribution?
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas offers course work leading to a Master of Science degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
In the doctoral program, a concentration in Mechanical and Energy Engineering is also available.
Our programs provide strong collaborative links with other universities and industries in the region and research organizations throughout the world.
You'll have many opportunities to develop highly marketable skills in areas such as:
We address the educational and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for manufacturing products in the 21st century. You'll learn all aspects of modern materials and their characterization including metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic and optical materials.
The College of Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are located at Discovery Park, our 300-acre research facility. There, innovative, futuristic ideas are investigated daily -- from the development of unmanned stealth vehicles to compostable plastic packaging to new energy-efficient lighting materials.
With small class sizes, you'll work closely with nationally recognized faculty members to solve complex problems. Our faculty members partner with students on research projects and serve as mentors and advisors. Among them is Dr. Narendra Dahotre who has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow for his work with lasers.
Several post-doctoral researchers and co-investigators from other departments help you gain a wide variety of insights.
You can also take advantage of the invaluable contacts we have with leading companies and corporate partners.
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
The department has several labs and groups researching properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials. Our labs are well equipped with outstanding technical support. The research labs and groups include the:
More information about the centers, their equipment and focuses is available at our website.
You must meet the requirements of the graduate school plus the following program requirements. Information about graduate school admission is available at the graduate school website. Program admission is based on a holistic review of:
Additional information is available from the graduate coordinator.
As a doctoral candidate, you're expected to publish at least two original research articles in a refereed journal before graduation.
Several teaching assistantships funded by the department are available. The majority of students are supported by research assistantships funded by individual faculty grants. Only doctoral students and master's students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. Out-of-state and international students who are funded at least half time are eligible for in-state tuition rates.
Some in-state tuition scholarships are also available. You're encouraged to view the faculty research areas below and contact a specific faculty member about research assistantship opportunities after being admitted to the program.
Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.
Samir Aouadi, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of British Columbia. Nanostructured thin film deposition and surface engineering using sputtering, e-beam evaporation, electrodeposition, reactive ion etching, vapor-liquid-solid and hydrothermal processes; advanced tribological, biomedical, photocatalytic and thermal management materials.
Rajarshi Banerjee, Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Nanostructured thin films and multilayers; metallic biomaterials; metal-matrix composites; phase transformations; structure-property relationships.
Witold Brostow, Regents Professor; D.Sc., Polish Academy of Sciences; D.Sc., University of Warsaw. Service performance and reliability of polymeric materials; materials and coatings with enhanced wear, scratch and mar resistance; advanced composites, including ceramics and polymer liquid crystals; dilute polymer solutions and drag reduction; computer simulations of materials and processes.
Peter Collins, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Development of direct 3D characterization techniques; coupled experimental/modeling approaches; effect of highly refined microstructures on properties of materials; 3D transmission electron microscopy diffraction tomography for crystal structure determination; powder metallurgy.
Nandika Anne D'Souza, Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Mechanical and rheological studies of polymers and blends; hybrid fiber composites; failure analysis; nanocomposites; adhesives; coatings.
Narendra Dahotre, University Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Laser-based surface engineering for advanced materials; laser-based machining of ceramics; biomaterials and lightweight materials; laser-material interactions; structure-property relationship.
Jincheng Du, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Alfred University. Glass and ceramic materials; computer simulation of structure and properties of materials; classical and ab initio simulation methods; dielectric materials for microelectronic applications; surface and interface phenomenon; radiation effects in materials; materials for catalytic applications.
Mohamed El Bouanani, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I (France). Oxides for advanced electronic materials; metallization of semiconductors and diffusion barriers; interfacial stability and properties intercorrelations in electronic nanostructures; advanced ion beam surface and ultra-thin film characterization; ion beam modification; irradiation effects.
Sundeep Mukherjee, Associate Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology. Development and processing of multifunctional metallic alloys; multi-scale surface engineering of metallic glasses.
Richard F. Reidy, Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Low-dielectric constant films; supercritical processing of semiconductors; nanoparticle delivery systems; sol-gel synthesis and characterization of novel ceramics; multilayer body armor systems.
Thomas Scharf, Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama. Physical and chemical vapor deposition of ceramic and metallic thin films; micro- and nano-tribology of solid lubricants; microelectromechanical systems materials and tribology; atomic layer deposition of nanocomposites and nanolaminates.
Nigel Shepherd, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Physical electronics; electroluminescent materials and devices; photovoltaics; interface phenomena in multilayered heterostructures; carrier transport in electronic and optical materials; thin-film and nanoparticle processing by physical and chemical vapor deposition; infrared materials; UV-VIS and IR spectroscopy.
Srinivasan G. Srivilliputhur, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Parallel computing and computational materials science; defect physics; irradiation effects in materials; modeling of phase transformations and structure property-relations in bulk and nanophase materials.
Zhiqiang Wang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles. High-performance parallel scientific computer codes; computational techniques; advanced materials in energy, aerospace and nanotechnology.
Zhenhai Xia, Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern Polytechnic University. Ceramic, metal and polymer matrix micro-/nanocomposites, multifunctional materials; catalytic materials for clean energy (e.g. fuel cells); bio-inspired and bio-mimetic materials, characterization and biomechanics of biological materials; multiscale/multi-physics modeling and simulation.
Discovery Park, Room E132