Materials Chemistry Course Master's Programs

Materials Chemistry course
Build a foundation for creating the new materials that make technological innovation possible
With technological innovation progressing at a rapid pace, the field of cutting-edge materials is becoming a particularly critical one. Materials must satisfy a host of different demands, and the market desperately needs seed ideas that will allow it to develop numerous high-tech substances to support cutting-edge technologies. The Materials Chemistry Course is responding to current social trends by structuring its coursework around six key areas based on these demands: Energy Materials, Inorganic Materials, Organic Materials, Biomaterials Design and Synthesis, Measurement Materials Design, and Organic Materials Design and Synthesis.
This program gives students full access to state-of-the-art research and testing facilities where they can work directly under faculty teams active in frontline research activities. This seamless one-on-one educational style effectively develops sophisticated expert knowledge, problem-solving ability, presentation skills, and communication skills in materials science, allowing us to turn out advanced specialist engineers capable of independently leading cutting-edge research and development in their chosen field.

Key coursework

Energy Materials
In the Energy Materials set of courses, students conduct research into chemical energy conversion and storage materials—such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. The importance of the energy devices continues to increase from an environmental and resource conservation standpoint, making the development of high-performance energy materials one of the most critical fields of inquiry today. Students use chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to find ways of increasing the performance of the carbon anodes and oxide cathodes on lithium ion batteries; study electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors capable of rapidly charging and discharging electrical energy; research materials that can safely store large amounts of hydrogen for use in fuel cells and similar devices; study catalyst materials that can effectively extract electrical energy from hydrogen, and more.
Inorganic Materials
Cutting-edge technologies continue to enrich our lives, and these technologies depend on a variety of materials. In the auto industry, for example, various sensors, engine components, emission gas purification systems, and electrical devices make use of advanced ceramics. Coursework in Inorganic Materials deals with inorganic substances with a focus on ceramics. The purpose of this segment is to teach students to develop innovative processes for designing and converting a variety of substances into useful, futuristic materials that offer innovative, superior functionality while serving both people and our natural environment. At the same time, students learn how to design and fabricate new, high-performance materials.
Organic Materials
Organic materials are the most important substances supporting our daily lives. Supermolecular structural control of high molecular weight compounds combined with other materials not only results in more advanced performance, but also allows us to create cutting-edge materials that simultaneously deliver a variety of functions—from biocompatibility and stimulation responsiveness to conductivity and environmental suitability. Students study and research molecular design and analysis with the goal of creating innovative composite materials that deliver sophisticated performance and functionality.
Biomaterials Design and Synthesis
In this line of study, students build on their knowledge of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry to understand the workings of biological phenomena and biofunctional expression mechanisms. The ultimate point of study and research in this area is to develop new pharmaceuticals as well as functional biomaterials inspired by biological processes. Specifically, this includes research and development on artificial metalloenzymes capable of synthesizing compounds that use ammonia, carbon, or nitrogen bonds from nitrogen or transporters across liposome membranes. Another goal is to analyze action mechanisms that have nucleic acid compound derivatives so that they can be applied to medical and pharmaceutical products.
Measurement Materials Design
The act of measurement and the ability to evaluate measured values is directly linked to the protection of life, security, and property. The results of a urine or blood test determine the course of a patient’s treatment; the results of chemical analyses of environmental pollutants inform critical policy decisions; the measured purity of rare metals greatly affects their price. Through study and research in this area, students use their knowledge of the latest biological and environmental chemical analysis to come up with innovative analysis methods that can help us ward off threats to our health and our natural environment.
Organic Materials Design and Synthesis
Organic chemistry plays a central role in chemistry, as it gives scientists complete freedom to design and synthesize the substances they wish to create. Students focus on the electronic and structural characteristics of individual organic molecules as they practice molecular design on the individual molecular level while making heavy use of quantum chemical calculation methods rooted in electronic theories of organic chemistry and molecular orbital theory, using the precise synthesis methods exclusive to organic chemists in order to selectively and effectively combine target molecules and macromolecules. In addition, by designing molecules in a way that takes into account the operation of intermolecular, non-covalent interactions, students are able to create organic functional materials with special electronic, electrical, optical, or magnetic properties and / or structural characteristics. Students study and do research in this area in order to practice materials design and precise synthesis based on fundamental scientific building blocks.