Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Materials science at Rice University has a history of discovery and innovation, going back to the discovery of the spherical fullerene, or buckyball, in 1985. That discovery earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Rick Smalley, Bob Curl and Harold Kroto in 1996 and has spawned materials research in carbon nanotubes across the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Rice. As a result, the Max Planck Society of Germany named Rice University number one in materials science and chemistry in 2013. Faculty in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering hold joint appointments in several other departments: mechanical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical and biomolecular engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering and physics and astronomy. Please contact the department for the most recent graduate program handbook.For more information, please visit the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering website and download the graduate program handbook

Areas of Research:

  • Biomaterials
  • Carbon Nanomaterials
  • Composites
  • Computational Materials Science and Material Theories
  • Electron Microscopy and in situ Methods
  • Electronic Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Low Dimensional Materials
  • Mechanical Properties and Nanomechanics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optical Materials, Photonics and Nanoplasmonics
  • Surfaces, Interfaces, Coatings and Thin Films
  • Ultralight-Weight Ultrahigh-Strength Multifunctional Materials
  • Theory/Modeling/Simulations
  • Metallurgy and Metals Processing
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Degrees Offered:

  • Professional Master's Degrees (M.M.S.N.E.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Contact Information

Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)
Dr. Pulickel M. Ajayan, Chair
Phone: 713.348.3698
Fax: 713.348.2495