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Materials Science and Engineering: Translating fundamental discoveries at the nanoscale into materials that benefit society.

The vast majority of the materials people encounter every day have been engineered to have specific properties that make the materials useful or valuable. As materials scientists and engineers, our goal is to understand how the arrangement of the materials' structures on a very fine scale translates into materials with properties that can benefit society. Our department continually strives to expand its core strengths and to work across disciplines to address complex challenges, from more efficient jet engines to new electronic materials that extend the limits of Moore's law. With recent faculty hires, we have reinforced our expertise in corrosion, high-temperature materials, surfaces and interface science, electronic materials, and computational materials science. And we are firmly established in such emerging fields as two-dimensional materials, soft and/or biological materials, and functional thermal material systems.

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Phone: (434) 243-2883

Bi-Cheng Zhou

Assistant Professor

Research Areas
  • Computational thermodynamics and kinetics (the CALPHAD method)
  • Ab initio modeling of thermodynamics and diffusion based on density functional theory
  • Physical metallurgy, theoretical modeling of phase transformations in alloys
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Phone: 434-243-3582

Leonid V. Zhigilei

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Academic Advisor, MSE Virginia Engineering Online Program

Research Areas
  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • Computation Materials Science
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Phone: ​434-982-5786

John R. Scully

Department Chair, Charles Henderson Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Co-Director of Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering

Research Areas
  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • High Temperature Materials Science and Oxides
  • Computation Materials Science
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Research Highlights

More About Us

  • 94

    Graduate students

  • 25

    Faculty members

  • $ 10 M

    In sponsored research for FY 2020