doctoral programs


MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL PROGRAM
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

The field of materials science and engineering is central to the technological, industrial, and economical development of Texas, the United States, Mexico, and other industrialized countries. The UTEP Ph.D. program in materials science and engineering is a multi-disciplinary program to prepare scientists and engineers to contribute to this vital field, with a specialized area using one or more of these skills to study some class or classes of materials, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, superconductors, composites, and other materials systems.

Attention (Important): If you plan to apply for financial support for Fall 2014, the deadline for this application is March 15, 2014. Note that this is a firm deadline which cannot be changed.





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Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Associates

Metallurgical and Materials Engr.
Mechanical Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Dr. Michael Irwin
Biological Sciences
Geological Sciences
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Industrial & Manufacturing

EXAMPLES OF MATERIALS RESEARCH PROGRAM AREAS AT UTEP:

  • Advanced welding processes for aluminum alloys including friction - stir welding.
  • Mechanical performance of cast materials: solders, welds, metal-matrix composites.
  • Fracture phenomena and failure analysis in materials and materials systems.
  • Oxidation studies for Metals and alloys in air at high temperature and phase transformations.
  • Structure-property relationships in metals and alloys, development of high temperature alloys using Nb as base metal, oxidation in air at temperatures up to 1400 Celsius.
  • Hypervelocity impact phenomena: micrometeoroid and related impact on metals and composites. The science of penetration.
  • Silicon transition metal materials.
  • Aging aircraft materials research (USAFOSR-FAST CENTER).
  • Composite materials: aluminum/silicon carbide; refractory metal boride/oxide composites; polymer/glass fiber composites; applications in wind turbine design.
  • Extreme plasticity and shaped charge phenomena in copper, tantalum, and molybdenum systems.
  • Materials modelling and computer simulations.
  • Atomic structure analysis in the transmission electron microscope.
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Material and process development for the fabrication of printed and structural 3D electronics involving additive manufacturing and the direct printing of conductive ink.
  • Microstructural characterization of curing processes for nano and micro particle loaded conductive inks.
  • Material quality improvements technology, data mining in material data, renewable energy and biomedical engineering, internet based manufacturing, and internet based fabrication.
  • Nanomaterials for biosensing, microfluidic devices, and biomaterials for tissue engineering.
  • Solid-state organic photochemistry.
  • Chemistry of two-dimensional materials.
  • Polymer conductors and fiber optic materials.
  • Chemistry of non-planar aromatics and related molecular materials systems.
  • Characterization of materials interaction and degradation in space.
  • Thin films: electroluminescence and photovoltaic phenomena and devices; optical thin films.
  • Experimental and theoretical surface/thin film science of various materials, structure, composition, adsorption, desorption, luminescence under irradiation, molecular dynamic and surface reconstruction calculations.
  • Materials issues in fuel cell development and operation.
  • Memristors, solar cells, semiconductor device physics, construction of nanofabrication facillity.
  • X-Ray and neutron scattering, electric conductivity, and magnetic measurements.
  • Dynamic relaxation of the superspin in magnetic nanoparticle systems.
  • Imaging and sensing materials; materials systems and advanced displays.
  • Safer museum lighting, photophysical and photochemical mechanisms, linear and nonlinear optical properties, color theory, optical filter and illuminant optimization, design and manufacture.
  • Development of absorption displays and chiral liquid chromatography stationary phases.
  • Carbon nanotubes and naocrystal aggregates - materials science, environmental science, health science effects.
  • Waste materials and materials-environment issues.
  • Highway and construction materials research.

UTEP COOPERATIVE MATERIALS LABORATORY NETWORK EXAMPLES

The concept for making specialized materials facilities available to faculty and students in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in materials science & engineering is based on cooperation. Laboratories and facilities are made available through what is called a cooperative materials laboratory network where faculty share their facilities and their expertise with other participating faculty and students. Examples of major facilities are listed below:

  • Intelligent Systems Engineering Laboratory, Engineering Building.
  • Electron Microprobe, Geological Sciences Building.
  • Surface analysis tools (SIMS, ESCA, Auger, IRS), Physical Science Building.
  • Single-crystal X-ray Diffraction, Physical Science Building.
  • X-ray Diffractometer Laboratories, Geological Sciences Building and Engineering Building.
  • D.C. Plasma Atomic Spectrophotometer, Geological Sciences Building.
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis, Physical Science Building.
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory, Engineering Building.
  • Thin Film Sputtering and Deposition, Burges Hall and Engineering Building.
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, Engineering Building.
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy, Engineering Building.
  • Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, Education Bldg.
  • Advanced Metallography Laboratory, Burges Hall.
  • Atomic Force and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Burges Hall.