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Polymer Science and Engineering

Graduate Degrees offered: M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering


Graduate students in Polymer Science and Engineering (PSE) enjoy one of the nation's top-ranked teaching and research programs in PSE in terms of number of students, funding, and significance of its publications.

Key features of the graduate program include:

  • Research projects that span chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics;
  • Strong interaction with industry, including successful alumni;
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The Center for Polymer Science and Engineering collaborates closely with the Emulsion Polymers Institute, the Polymer Interfaces Center, and the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

PSE faculty, many of whom are internationally renowned for their research, maintain active programs in the following areas:

  • Emulsion polymerization
  • Kinetics of polymerization
  • Latex surface properties
  • Film formation
  • Rheology
  • Structure of polymer surfaces and interfaces
  • Polymers bonding to colloidal surfaces
  • Composites (including nanocomposites)
  • Polymer processing (including micromolding)
  • Polymers for microelectronics and optoelectronics

Students typically conduct research with professors — and industry researchers — from more than one discipline. They can pursue the M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. in PSE or in one of the participating departments. Students can also attend part-time and take distance-education courses via satellite.

Affiliated Research Centers, Laboratories, and Institutes:

  • Dravo Design and Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Emulsion Polymers Institute
  • Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Polymers Chemistry Laboratory
  • Polymer Processing Laboratory
  • Surface Phenomena Laboratory
  • Thermal Analysis Laboratory