Materials Science and Engineering

a female student works in the lab

Developments and challenges in materials science and engineering cut across the traditional lines of engineering and science. The University of Texas at Austin has responded to these challenges by bringing together faculty from departments in the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences to create a truly multidisciplinary materials science and engineering graduate program.

Students take classes from a variety of departments to develop skills in related fields and then focus their coursework around one of three interdisciplinary areas:

General Materials Science and Engineering

A wide range of active research topics are pursued by faculty and students within this program, including: design, synthesis, characterization and processing and manufacturing of new or improved metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite materials for structural, microelectronic, biological, magnetic, dielectric and optical applications. This interdisciplinary area is designed to educate students in a broad range of topics and prepare them for research in these areas.

Read more grey arrow


Nanotechnology is a major focus at The University of Texas at Austin, with more than 100 faculty involved. The Nanomaterials focus within the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering offers a powerful opportunity for multidisciplinary research by fostering collaborations across eight academic departments ranging from chemistry to mechanical engineering.

The multidisciplinary nanomaterials program is focused on the study of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers. Nanomaterials are currently used in a wide array of applications including in bumpers on cars, paints, and coatings to protect against corrosion, protective and glare-reducing coatings for eyeglasses and cars, sunscreens and cosmetics, automotive catalytic converters, tennis balls and more.

Read more grey arrow

Clean Energy Materials

Rapid depletion of fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns make energy one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. The Clean Energy Materials area is focused on the design and development of high performance materials for alternative energy technologies and developing a fundamental understanding of their structure-property-performance relationships. The research activities include materials design, chemical synthesis, nanomaterials, advanced materials characterization, prototype energy storage/conversion device fabrication and evaluation, and computational modeling of materials and processes.

Read more grey arrow

Texas Materials Institute Names New Director

Arumugam Ram Manthiram

Mechanical Engineering Professor Arumugam "Ram" Manthiram, the Joe C. Walter Chair in Engineering, was named director of the Texas Materials Institute (TMI), a multidisciplinary collaboration that houses the Materials Science and Engineering graduate degree program, which Manthiram will also oversee. Read more about Manthiram.