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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: ​434-982-5786

John R. Scully

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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Phone: ​434-982-5783

Robert G. Kelly

Associate Chair for Operations, AT&T Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Co-Director, Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering

Research Areas
  • Corrosion and Electrochemical Sciences and Engineering
  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • Metallurgy
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Kory Burns

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, starting Fall 2024

Research Areas
  • Optical excitations in Transmission electron microscopy (EELS, EEGS, CL)
  • Radiation tolerance of two-dimensional materials, lateral/vertical heterostructures, and moiré materials
  • In-situ electron microscopy integrated with machine learning methodologies
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  • 108

    Graduate students

  • 23

    Faculty members

  • $ 11 M

    In sponsored research for FY 2021