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 alongside 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. 

Program Directors

Eric Toberer, , Associate Professor, Physics

Brian Trewyn, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Moises Carreon, Professor

Matthew Crane, Assistant Professor

Diego Gomez Gualdron, Assistant Professor

Andrew Herring, Professor

Carolyn Koh, Professor

Melissa Krebs, Associate Professor

Ramya Kumar, Assistant Professor

Stephanie Kwon, Assistant Professor

David Marr, Professor

Joseph Samaniuk, Assistant Professor

Colin Wolden, Professor

David Wu, Professor

Department of Chemistry

Dylan Domaille, Assistant Professor

Tom Gennett, Professor and Department Head

Dan Knauss, Professor

Annalise Maughan, Assistant Professor

C. Michael McGuirk, Assistant Professor

Christine Morrison, Assistant Professor

Svitlana Pylypenko, Associate Professor

Ryan Richards, Professor

Alan Sellinger, Professor

Jenifer Shafer, Associate Professor

Brian Trewyn, Associate Professor

Bettina Voelker, Professor

Kim Williams, Professor

David Wu, Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Timothy Strathmann, Professor

Lori Tunstall, Assistant Professor

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Professor

Steven DeCaluwe, Associate Professor

Veronica Eliasson, Associate Professor

Joy Gockel, Associate Professor

Owen Hildreth, Associate Professor

Greg Jackson, Professor

Robert Kee, Professor

Leslie Lamberson, Associate Professor

Neal Sullivan, Associate Professor

Brian Thomas, Professor

Xiaoli Zhang, Associate Professor

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Gerald Bourne, Teaching Professor

Geoff Brennecka, Associate Professor

Amy Clarke, Professor

Kester Clarke, Associate Professor

Robert Cryderman, Research Associate Professor

Kip Findley, Associate Professor

Brian Gorman, Associate Professor

Megan Holtz, Assistant Professor

Michael Kaufman, Professor

Jeffrey King, Professor

Jonah Klemm-Toole, Assistant Professor

Suveen Mathaudhu, Professor

Vladan Stevanovic, Associate Professor

Department of Physics

Serena Eley, Assistant Professor

Tim Ohno, Associate Professor

Meenakshi Singh, Assistant Professor

Eric Toberer, Associate Professor and Program Director

Jeramy Zimmerman, Associate Professor

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