The range of elements available for device production has exploded in the past 20 years, enabling entirely new classes of electronic and mechanical products, biomedical implants, tissues, coatings and more.
We’re leaders in the world of advanced materials, with three of our school’s seven departments moving this field forward: Materials, Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. And with our home in Northeast Ohio—a region brimming with material and chemical industry leaders—we collaborate on moving the latest materials technologies quickly from research to use.
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Faculty who conduct research in Advanced Materials
Develops new electrochemical processes for applications including nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors
Develops multifunctional materials and flexible nanostructured platforms for electrochemical and biomedical devices, localized drug delivery, neural interfacing, and electrochemical sensing; studies nanomaterials evolution/interactions in controlled (liquid) environments using in-situ characterization techniques
Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials
Understands and solves problems in biology and medicine using transport principles
Develops predictive lifetime models for materials degradation related to stress conditions and induced degradation mechanisms evaluated by quantitative spectroscopic characterization of materials
Study the mechanics, designs, and manufacturing of smart multifunctional materials, soft robotics, soft electronics, and self-powered sensing systems.
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Engineers biomaterials-based strategies to improve the performance and longevity of central nervous system implanted devices
deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science
Engineers metallic surfaces for improved performance; selects materials and designs manufacturing processes for innovative outcomes
Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes
Develops separation materials and processes to benefit nuclear medicine, environmental protection, and nuclear waste recycling and remediation.
Designs, synthesizes and tests orthopedic biomaterials using biomimetic strategies emphasizing nanoscale structures and self-assembly
Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization
Develops novel polymeric materials and ultrasonic-based separation processes for nano- and microscale multi-phase systems
Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems
Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers
Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems
Develops first-principles molecular-scale theories of chemical processes and materials properties
Develops a unified theory for plastic deformation via slip and deformation twinning
Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships. Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing.
Creates computational models of combustion, fire and fire behavior and develops fire-resistant structures
Develops multi-scale, complex polymer-based materials, using both experimental and computational-based tools
Engineering new materials and technologies for industrial applications
Develops diamond electrodes for electrochemical and neural device applications
Develops process engineering solutions for the manufacturing of new magnetic materials
Develops new methodologies for material processing, characterizes processing-property relationships, studies high-temperature diffusion and solid-state reactions, fosters industry-university relationships
Develops biomolecular platforms to control solid-liquid interfaces and enable a new generation of advanced technologies
Advances the long-term performance of implants and structural bone allografts through material analysis and characterization
Investigates catalysis with soft materials: catalytic surfactants and polymers; complex macromolecular architectures for bio-inspired catalysis; and ligand-mediated nanocatalysis
Develops high-performance electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies through fundamental and applied studies of interfacial and transport processes
Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters
Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications
Develops novel waveforms and electrodes for downregulation of the nervous system for clinical applications including peripheral, autonomic and pain
Develops computational models of interfacial chemical reactions relevant to applications in catalysis and energy storage
Develops new processing methods and designs for energy storage and optimized materials
Investigates phase transformations and materials processing, especially their impact on structure and properties of materials
Develops advanced polymers for packaging, biomaterial applications and more.
Multiscale multiphysics processes in geosystems and infrastructure, interdisciplinary innovations in intelligent infrastructure technologies towards resilience and sustainability.
Examines fate and transformation of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered environments and develops advanced water/wastewater treatment technologies
Develops high-energy and high-performance polymers based on close relationships among structure, property and processing