Materials Engineering M.Eng and Ph.D.
Materials Engineering M.Eng and Ph.D.
Innovative Research Collaborations
Materials Engineering research at Stevens is exciting and multi-disciplinary, with active and well-equipped research laboratories in polymer processing, biopolymers, highly filled materials, microchemical systems, tissue engineering, high-performance coatings, photonic devices and systems, and nanotechnology.
Research In Focus
Nano-Inkjet Printing and Microfluidic Tissues
Materials scientists conduct research with an increasingly diverse array of applications and with partnerships between many other departments and disciplines. Professor Woo Lee's research involves self-assembly, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and microfluidics. He uses an array of state-of-the-art tools such as soft-lithography, inkjet printing, and layer-by-layer and evaporative self-assembly to create new materials and devices. The applications of his research include development of infection-resistant implant surfaces, nanomaterial printing for miniature energetic and energy storage devices, and development of 3D tissue models for studying the systematic interactions of drugs, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and pathogens with the human body.
Developing Polymer Biomaterials
Professor Matthew Libera's research interests primarily center on measuring and controlling the morphology of soft materials, both synthetic polymers and biological tissue. Much of his work focuses on the development, implementation, and application of advanced imaging techniques to the measure materials morphology using various types of microscopy, particularly electron microscopy and increasingly with confocal immunofluorescence imaging. Over the past decade he has concentrated his efforts primarily on polymeric biomaterials such as hydrogels and bioresorbable materials with applications to biomedical devices. A particular area of ongoing interest concerns the question of how to develop next-generation biomaterials that reduce the susceptibility of biomedical devices to infection while preserving their desirable healing properties.
Nanoparticle Fabrication in Applied Materials
Prof. Henry Du directs the Fiber Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory, covering frontier areas ranging from nanotechnology-enabled conventional optical fiber and photonic crystal fiber for multi-parameter sensing to plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles for field-enhanced applications. Examples of current activities include immobilization of nanoparticles using dip-pen nanolithography and molecular self-assembly to impart surface-enhanced Raman scattering functionality for fiber-optic sensing, laser inscription of long-period fiber gratings in photonic crystal fiber for immuno-sensing and resonance laser absorption spectroscopy, and guided assembly of plasmonic resonant gold nanoparticle constructs for enhanced generation of reactive species during photodynamic therapy of cancer. Prof. Du's research has both basic and applied focus. Its interdisciplinary approach offers students training opportunities cutting cross materials science, optics, surface chemistry, and biomedical engineering often in partnership with faculty colleagues in related disciplines.
Highly Filled Materials and Interdisciplinary Applications
Founded in 1989, the Highly-Filled Materials Institute is one of the Centers of Excellence at Stevens and focuses on characterization and processing of soft solids and complex fluids, including various structured materials like polymers, suspensions, dispersions, nanocomposites, gels, and especially concentrated suspensions incorporated with solid particles at concentrations which by design attempt to approach the maximum packing fraction of the solid phase. Dr. Dilhan Kalyon oversees HfMI, which both conducts contract research and supports institutional projects. The industrial applications of this research cover a wide range of industries including biomedical/tissue engineering, pharmaceutical, nanocomposites, energetics, personal care, environmental, ceramics and electronics industries. The number of contracts and grants that Prof. Kalyon has received has surpassed 130.
Professor Kalyon's own research focuses on precision structuring and processing/shaping of complex fluids including polymers and suspensions. This focus, for example, has been integral in recent developments of the hybrid twin screw extrusion and electrospinning and hybrid twin screw extrusion and spiral winding technologies to especially fabricate nanoparticle-incorporated nanofibers and functionally-graded extrudates, which serve as novel scaffolds in tissue engineering applications. In respect to this cross-disciplinary research, Dr. Kalyon holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biomedical Engineering. He has received numerous awards and fellowships for his research and teaching efforts, is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and is Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.
Materials Engineering professionals impact many industries, including the chemical, petrochemical, plastics, electrochemical, industrial ceramics, semiconductor, biochemical/biomedical, and environmental engineering fields.