Materials matter: every societal-shifting innovation owes its success to the molecular building blocks used to construct it. Our researchers are discovering new ways to make the materials the world already relies on, and ushering the next generation of materials from theory into reality.
From silicon to diamond to titanium to any number of other high-performance alloys, the materials that feed the world’s industry can be costly to make—they often require expensive raw materials, massive amounts of energy and expansive production facilities. Our researchers are creating revolutions in processing to produce these essential materials faster, more cost-effectively and safer—all at industrial scale. They’ve discovered how to grow diamonds at low-pressure, apply electrolysis to extract titanium directly from molten titanium salts, and use plasma to dramatically reduce the energy required to produce ammonia. We are innovating at every stage of the production process to engineer solutions for manufacturing’s major materials-related challenges. And when the solution calls for something that doesn’t exist yet, our chemical engineering researchers are at the leading edge of emergent materials—envisioning entirely new molecular combinations and structures to make stronger alloys, more biocompatible drug-delivery devices, ultra-tiny electrical components and more.
Institutes, centers and labs related to Advanced Materials Design, Synthesis and Processing
Faculty who conduct research in Advanced Materials Design, Synthesis and Processing
Develops new electrochemical processes for applications including nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors
Understands and solves problems in biology and medicine using transport principles
Develops advanced materials to enable radiochemical separations for nuclear forensics and human health
Develops novel polymeric materials and ultrasonic-based separation processes for nano- and microscale multi-phase systems
Designs, develops and investigates ionic liquid based electrochemical systems for energy, environmental sciences and sensors
Develops first-principles molecular-scale theories of chemical processes and materials properties
Develops diamond electrodes for electrochemical and neural device applications
Works at the interface of protein engineering and electrochemistry to enable a new generation of advanced technologies
Engineers plasma-based reactive systems to synthesize, functionalize and assemble nanoscale materials
Develops high-performance electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies through fundamental and applied studies of interfacial and transport processes