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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.


Department News

A smear of light
Scalable quantum computing research supported by $2 million grant
Project aims to make quantum computers easier to produce and operable at room temperature
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Wiggly light streams against a dark background
Using light to control materials
Supercomputers and machine learning will help scientists optimize light-driven electron transfer
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Air polluting smokestack
Is it feasible to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?
A UC Riverside engineer discusses direct air capture
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