Head of the Graduate Studies Program: Assoc. Prof. Boaz Pokroy
Scientific and engineering research takes place in the framework of the Materials Engineering Research Center, and covers a wide range of important and advanced subjects. Some of the current research involves: metals and alloys, ceramics, polymeric and composite materials, electronic materials and thin films, nanocrystalline and amorphous materials, materials for energy storage, biomineralization and biomimetic crystal growth.
Research projects include: the structure of materials and its stability; phase transitions and microstructural changes; mechanical properties such as fracture and fatigue; mechanical properties at the nanometer scale; electrical and other physical properties; metallurgical processes (solidification and rapid solidification, soldering, brazing and welding, powder metallurgy, thermal treatment, coatings); growth and characterization of semiconductor nanowires and carbon-based nanostructures; the influence of environment, oxidation, corrosion, and protection methods; characterization of materials using advanced techniques (transmission and scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Recently, a national facility for electron microscopy was established at the Department that includes a high resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope with sub-atomic resolution.
The Department of Materials Science & Engineering offers Master Degrees and Doctorate Degrees. These programs are open to those with an undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in engineering or science from a recognized academic institution.