Research in Materials Science and Engineering

The department has the highest Ph.D. student to faculty ratio and one of the highest research expenditures to faculty ratios at UTA.

The department has the highest Ph.D. student to faculty ratio and one of the highest research expenditures to faculty ratios at UTA. The department has high levels of research funding from NSF, DOE, ONR, NASA, DOD and other federal, industrial and state sources in the areas of micro/nano electronic devices, self-assembled nanomaterials, multifunctional, nanocomposite thin films, bio/nanomagnets, optoelectronics, solar cells and materials for clean energy, advanced lubricants, and coatings. Below are descriptions of some of our research labs.

Mesoscale Materials Modeling Laboratory

Research focuses on modeling materials microstructures and evolutions and understanding their relations to materials properties based on mesoscale computational methods (such as phase-field modeling). Current materials of interest include nanostructures, functional oxide thin films and energy-related materials.

Surface and Nano Engineering Laboratory

Research includes basic and applied processing-structure-property relationships with emphasis on advanced materials, nanotechnology and small-scale materials. Current research includes materials genome for high-temperature oxidationresistant coatings, multifunctional nanocomposite films, epitaxial oxide and composition gradient nanostructures, nanotribology, ultra-low-friction solid films, surface science and engineering, and electrolytic plasma processing.

Biomaterials Laboratory

The Biomaterials Laboratory is focused on developing both soft and hard bioactive biomaterials for applications ranging from drug delivery, tissue engineering, structural and orthopedic applications.

Metal Nanostructures Laboratory

Research involves the fabrication, characterization and applications of novel metal nanostructures, including hollow Au nanoparticles, bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles, silver nanodendrites, Au nanovoid arrays and magnetic nanorods and nanotubes.

Electronic Materials Laboratory

Research includes reliability assessment of Cu/low-k interconnects for future technology nodes, controlled grain growth of Cu interconnects, and design and development of quantum-dot embedded nanocomposite particles for bioimaging.

Shimadzu Institute Nanotechnology Research Center

The Shimadzu Institute Nanotechnology Research Center is the pre-eminent, university-based nanotechnology research, development and teaching facility in North Texas. It features a class-10 clean room and instrumentation.

Biologically-Inspired Materials and Engineering Systems Laboratory

Research focuses on integrating man-made and natural micro/nanoscale materials, processes, and systems for engineering innovation. We work on research projects at the intersection of physical sciences and engineering and life sciences and biomedicine at the micro/nanoscale.

Characterization Center for Materials and Biology (C2MB)

C2MB provides state-of-the-art instrumentation for use by faculty, students and other researchers to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthen research activity.

Tribology, Lubrication and Coating Laboratory

Research includes development of high-performance, low-phosphorous engine oils, development of high-performance universal greases, and development of conformal large area fluorinated hydrocarbon coatings.


Dr. Efstathios "Stathis" Meletis
Department Chair

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