Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is probably one of the most interdisciplinary fields in modern science, and is rooted in the correlation between the materials microstructure and theirs properties and processing. From an engineering perspective, we design the material’s microstructure to hold certain properties.
Thus, materials scientists and engineers design materials as well as manufacturing processes for the microelectronics industry, develop advanced metals and alloys, polymers and plastics, modern ceramic materials, composites, materials for batteries, fuel cells and photovoltaics, and methods and materials to prevent corrosion. More recent materials science & engineering concepts include materials with a microstructure on the nanometer length-scale (e.g. thin films, modern electronic and optical devices) and the meeting point between biological systems and modern materials.
At the Technion’s MSE Department, we decided to tutor our graduate students using a different approach, where modern engineering concepts are firmly based on a strong background in fundamental science. As such, the undergraduate program in our department is based on a required double major: Materials Engineering and Physics, Materials Engineering and Chemistry, or Materials Engineering and Biology. This 4½ years program is an intensive one and quite demanding, but the end-result is an engineer well- suited to the modern challenges in materials engineering and science. At the same time, we hold a relatively new 4 years program in Materials Engineering; while preserving the high level of education in fundamental sciences, this unique program provides deeper and practical engineering aspects via generic courses, such as technical design and finite elements analysis. All of our study programs provide our undergraduates with all the tools necessary for the challenges they are about to face in the graduate program, (where M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates work directly with our faculty on modern materials science research) and in industry and R&D facilities.
Research in our department covers most of the modern concepts in Materials Science, and is currently led by 16 faculty members and their respective research groups. Facilities include centralized research centers in addition to the specialized equipment found in each Faculty member’s laboratory. Our X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Lab is equipped with a new, extremely flexible, XRD system based on a rotating anode source. Our existing Electron Microscopy Center includes a mono-chromated and double aberration corrected Themis Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), enabling characterization of the structure and chemical composition of materials at nanometer and quantum resolutions (at an unprecedented resolution of 0.8Å, which is approximately one-third the size of a carbon atom) and High Resolution Scanning Electron microscope (HRSEM) including the ability to conduct in-situ observations of micro and nano-structural evolutions in the materials.
Over the next five years we plan to recruit at least 6 new faculty members, and the MSE Department is conducting an intensive faculty search for excellent candidates in the fields of energy related materials, modern microelectronic materials, bio-materials, functional materials, smart composite materials, advanced ceramic materials and mechanical behavior of materials. It’s an exciting time for the MSE Department at Technion, as a third new building for “Smart Materials” is being planned to be built by 2020 and an expanded Electron Microscopy Center will be positioned nearby. This expansion is originated from the urgent need for advanced and smart materials, being firmly based on the markets demands. We welcome you to join us at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the Technion and be part of a success!