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Materials Science and Engineering


With direct access to Lehigh's microscopy facility-- within Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, the most advanced university-based center of its kind in the U.S. -- faculty and students are heralded for pioneering research in the fields of polymers, optics, nanotechnology and photonics. The department has been a leader in the development of materials science since the field's earliest days, and hosts an internationally-respected annual Microscopy School for the world's leading nanoscale engineers and scientists.

From glasses and metals to biomaterials and nanocomposites, advances in materials are drivers of technological progress. Materials scientists use existing materials to improve a product or process or develop new materials and processing methods, often connected to pursuits in nano-, bio-, structural, and optical engineering and electronics. They work in many different industries such as chemicals, electronics, transportation, communications and aerospace, as well as financial, educational and legal concerns in these sectors.

Lehigh materials scientists investigate the relationship between the structure of materials at the atomic or molecular level and their macroscopic properties. Graduates go on to work in research, development, operations, management, manufacturing and sales.

Degrees Offered

• B.S.  |  M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.: Materials Science and Engineering
• M.S.: Photonics
• M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.: Polymer Science and Engineering
• Certificate: Nanotechnology
• Certificate: Polymer Science and Engineering

Research Focus Areas

• Biomaterials
• Ceramics and glasses
• Electronic materials
• Metals and alloys
• Nanomaterials and nanocomposites
• Optical materials
• Polymers

Affiliated Research Centers, Laboratories, and Institutes

• Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
• Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
• Center for Polymer Science and Engineering
• Energy Research Center
• Institute for Metal Forming
• International Materials Institute for New Functionalities in Glass