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Materials Science and Engineering



Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. Today, engineering innovations are increasingly dependent on breakthroughs in materials at the micro- and nanometer scale. Students in MSE acquire a solid background in the basic sciences and in the engineering of materials, with hands-on laboratory experience in nano-scale materials characterization and processing. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.

Multiple fellowships are available for new MSE graduate student applicants!


Research Highlights of MS&E Faculty

MSE Faculty named MRS Medalist 

  • balandin The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named  Alexander A. Balandin, University of California, Riverside, as the 2013 MRS Medalist. Balandin is recognized for his "discovery of the extraordinary high intrinsic thermal conductivity of graphene, development of an original optothermal measurement technique for investigation of thermal properties of graphene, and theoretical explanation of the unique features of the phonon transport in graphene." Balandin received his award at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field. 
  • Balandin received his M.S. degree in applied physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Following his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles, Balandin joined the University of California, Riverside, faculty in 1999 and founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program in 2006. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, and the International Society for Optical Engineering. He is a recipient of the 2011 Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for his research on emerging nanoscale devices.


Research from Ludwig Bartels

  • Molecular NetworkOpen Molecular Network - Anthraquinone self-assembles on Cu(111) into a hexagonal network with a pore size many times the diameter of the molecule. This process occurs spontaneously, if the correct amount of anthraquinone is deposited; no lithographic or other patterning is required. The process is governed by a delicate balance between attractive intermolecular forces (by unconventional hydrogen bridge bonds involving the anthraquinone carbonyl group) and substrate-mediated repulsion. Potential applications include templating of surface patterns, as the resultant hexagonal film is resistant to deposition of a variety of co-adsorbates.

Research from Elaine Habererthinkersprofilehaberer

  • Bio-Templating: The M13 Filamentous Virus -- Bottom-up assembly techniques mimic processes in the natural world to arrange nanoscale components into larger scale structres. Such techniques are capable of precise assembly of devices on the nanometer scale, as well as building novel nanoscale or heterogeneous materials. The Haberer Lab uses the M13 filamentous virus, a biologically-based template, to assemble materials for electronic and optoelectronic applications from the bottom up.

Research from David Kisailuskisailus

  • From Nature to Engineering - One major area of research in the Kisailus group at UC Riverside involves studying the processes of biomineralization in order to understand the mechanisms controlling the synthesis and organization (through self-assembly) of the resulting structures. The ultimate goals of our research are to develop novel "bio-inspired" synthetic processes toward novel, technologically relevant materials.


News Highlights 

Pressure Cooking to Improve Electric Car Batteries

By creating nanoparticles with controlled shape, engineers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built.  

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way to solve some of these problems. By creating nanoparticles with a controlled shape, they believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built. By modifying the size and shape of battery components, they aim to reduce charge times as well.

“This is a critical, fundamental step in improving the efficiency of these batteries,” said David Kisailus, an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and lead researcher on the project.  Link to UCR News


The annual rankings by Leiden University in the Netherlands ranked UC Riverside's programs in engineering and natural sciences 10th in the world, ahead of institutions such as Princeton, Yale, and Caltech. The Leiden rankings objectively measure scientific impact based on research citations and collaboration worldwide.Link to UCR News


Professor Co-edits Book on Graphene

Alexander Balandin co-edits and co-authors a chapter in the book about the novel synthetic material

A University of California, Riverside professor of Materials Science and Engineering has co-edited a book about innovative technologies using graphene.

Alexander A. Balandin, who is also the founding chair of the materials science and engineering program at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, co-edited the book “Innovative Graphene Technologies: Evaluation and Applications, Volume 2,” with Atul Tiwari, a research faculty member at the University of Hawaii. It was published bySmithers Rapra Publishing.

Balandin has also contributed a chapter on thermal properties and applications of graphene, which was co-authored with Denis Nika, an associate professor and chair of the physics department in Moldova State University. The unique heat conduction properties of graphene were discovered at UCR. This year, professor Balandin will receive the MRS Medal for his experimental and theoretical work on thermal properties of graphene. Link to UCR News Release


Dean Reza Abbaschian Honored at Materials Science and Technology Conference
Link to UCR News Release

Five UC Riverside researchers are part of $40 million project to develop materials and structures to enable more energy efficient computers and cell phones


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