Materials Science

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science (Materials Science; thesis option or non-thesis option)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Science)

Program Description

The interdisciplinary graduate program in Materials Science exists to educate students, with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science, in the diverse field of Materials Science. This diversity includes the four key foundational aspects of Materials Science – materials properties including characterization and modeling, materials structures, materials synthesis and processing and materials performance – as applied to materials of a variety of types (i.e., metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and biomaterials). The Materials Science graduate program is responsible for administering MS (thesis and non-thesis) and PhD Degrees in Materials Science.

This interdisciplinary degree program coexists along side strong disciplinary programs in Chemistry, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining, and Physics. The student’s graduate committee will have final approval of the course of study.

Fields of Research

  • Advanced polymeric materials
  • Alloy theory, concurrent design, theory-assisted materials engineering, and electronic structure theory
  • Applications of artificial intelligence techniques to materials processing and manufacturing, neural networks for process modeling and sensor data processing, manufacturing process control
  • Atomic scale characterization
  • Atom Probe Tomography
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic processing, modeling of ceramic processing
  • Characterization, thermal stability, and thermal degradation mechanisms of polymers
  • Chemical and physical processing of materials, engineered materials, materials synthesis
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Coating materials and applications
  • Computational condensed-matter physics, semiconductor alloys, first-principles phonon calculations
  • Computer modeling and simulation
  • Control systems engineering, artificial neural systems for senior data processing, polymer cure monitoring sensors, process monitoring and control for composites manufacturing
  • Crystal and molecular structure determination by X-ray crystallography
  • Electrodeposition
  • Electron and ion microscopy
  • Energetic materials (explosives) and processing
  • Energy storage
  • Experimental condensed-matter physics, thermal and electrical properties of materials, superconductivity, photovoltaics
  • Fuel cell materials
  • Fullerene synthesis, combustion chemistry
  • Heterogeneous catalysis, reformulated and alcohol fuels, surface analysis, electrophotography
  • High temperature ceramics
  • Intelligent automated systems, intelligent process control, robotics, artificial neural systems
  • Materials synthesis, interfaces, flocculation, fine particles
  • Mathematical modeling of material processes
  • Mechanical metallurgy, failure analysis, deformation of materials, advanced steel coatings
  • Mechanical properties of ceramics and ceramic composites
  • High entropy alloys
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy, ion implantation, small-angle X-ray scattering, semiconductor defects
  • Nano materials
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Non-ferrous structural alloys
  • Novel separation processes: membranes, catalytic membrane reactors, biopolymer adsorbents for heavy metal remediation of ground surface water
  • Numerical modeling of particulate media, thermomechanical analysis
  • Optical properties of materials and interfaces
  • Phase transformations and mechanisms of microstructural change
  • Photovoltaic materials and device processing
  • Physical metallurgy, ferrous and nonferrous alloy systems
  • Physical vapor deposition, thin films, coatings
  • Power electronics, plasma physics, pulsed power, plasma material processing
  • Processing and characterization of electroceramics (ferro-electrics, piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, and dielectrics)
  • Semiconductor materials and device processing
  • Soft materials
  • Solidification and near net shape processing
  • Surface physics, epitaxial growth, interfacial science, adsorption
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Transport phenomena and mathematical modeling
  • Weld metallurgy, materials joining processes
  • Welding and joining science

Combined Degree Option

Mines undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on a MS non-thesis degree while concurrently completing their Bachelor’s degree at Mines. 

Dual Degree Program Option

Students have the opportunity to earn two degrees with the dual degree option.  Students complete coursework to satisfy requirements for both a non-thesis MS in Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines and a MS of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics from the University of Bordeaux. 

Professors

Sumit Agarwal, Department of Chemical Engineering

John R. Berger, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department Head of Mechanical Engineering

Cristian Ciobanu, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mark Eberhart, Department of Chemistry

Kip Findley, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Thomas Gennett, Department of Chemistry, Department Head of Chemistry

Michael J. Kaufman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Vice Provost, Graduate Initiatives and Dean of Materials and Energy Programs

Daniel M. Knauss, Department of Chemistry

Ryan P. O'Hayre, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Ivar E. Reimanis, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Ryan Richards, Department of Chemistry

Angus Rockett, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Department Head of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Sridhar Seetharaman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

John Speer, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Timothy Strathmann, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Brian Thomas, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Colin Wolden , Department of Chemical Engineering, Weaver Distinguished Professor

Kim Williams, Department of Chemistry

David T. Wu, Department of Chemistry

Associate Professors

Geoff Brennecka, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Assistant Director of Materials Science

Amy Clarke, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Emmanuel De Moor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Brian P. Gorman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Jeff King, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Timothy R. Ohno, Department of Physics

Corrine E. Packard, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Alan Sellinger, Department of Chemistry

Aaron Stebner, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Neal Sullivan, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Eric Toberer, Department of Physics, Director of Materials Science

Brian Trewyn, Department of Chemistry

Ning Wu, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professors

Kester Clarke, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Owen Hildreth, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Svitlana Pylypenko, Department of Chemistry

Vladan Stevanovic, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Garritt Tucker, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Shubham Vyas, Department of Chemistry

Zhenzhen Yu, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Jeramy Zimmerman, Department of Physics

Professors Emeriti

Thomas E. Furtak, Department of Physics

Stephen Liu, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Brajendra Mishra, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

P. Craig Taylor, Department of Physics

Steven Thompson, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Chester J. Van Tyne, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

J. Douglas Way, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Teaching Professor

Gerald Bourne, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research Professors

Richard K. Ahrenkiel, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

William (Grover) Coors, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Terry Lowe, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Paul Queneau, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Erik Spiller, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Jianhua Tong, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Edgar Vidal, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

James Williams, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research Associate Professors

Robert Cryderman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Conrad O'Kelley, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Vilem Petr, Department of Mining

Zhigang Wu, Department of Physics

Research Assistant Professors

David Diercks, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Michael Sanders, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Judith (Gomez) Vidal, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Andriy Zakuyatev, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research Associates

Carole Graas, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Gary Zito, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering