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Drexel Materials 2015-16 Annual Report

The 2016-17 Drexel Materials Annual Report is now available online. Learn More

Snowflake - Biomaterials Laboratory Group

Materials science and engineering at Drexel is exquisite.  Light microscopic image of novel biomimetic aggrecan mixed with NaCl solution, a biomaterial mimic being investigated for use in numerous soft tissue applications. Image taken by Dr. Katsiaryna Prudnikova and colorized by undergraduate Joseph Sincavage in the Biomaterials Laboratory Group. Learn More


Materials science and engineering at Drexel is ground-breaking. Scanning Electron Micrograph of MXene thin film produced by rolling. Image courtesy of PhD student Michael Ghidiu. Learn More

Fluorine Anions

Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering research has the potential to positively impact society.  Thin film developments by Drexel Materials researchers suggest new ways to control electrical, optical, and magnetic properties in oxide films. Image courtesy of Professors May and Li. Learn More

Multi-Channel Pipette

Drexel Materials undergraduate students get involved in hands-on research starting in their freshman year. BS/MS student Pelin Kansu adds substrate for an Elisa like assay with a multi-channel pipette. Learn More

Thin Film Sample

The PhD program in Drexel Materials is ranked 11th by the National Research Council. PhD student James Nathaniel prepares a thin film sample. Learn More

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Marcolongo’s New Book Offers Road-Map to Academic Entrepreneurship

October 11 2017

Drexel Materials Professor and Department Head Michele Marcolongo has published a new book, Academic Entrepreneurship: How to Bring Your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Commercial Product, an essential guide for translating research discoveries to commercial products.

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Coulombic ordering of ionic liquid

Just Squeeze In — Drexel Materials Researchers Discover When Spaces Are Tight, Nature Loosens Its Laws

October 09 2017

An international team of researchers, including Drexel Materials' Yury Gogotsi, PhD, observed that ions will forgo their typical alternating charge ordering when they are forced to jam into a small, sub-nanometer-sized, space. The discovery could lead to safer energy storage devices and better water filtration membranes.

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New Microscope Technology Gives Drexel Materials Researchers a Detailed Look at Structure and Composition of Materials

October 05 2017

Researchers from the Dynamic Characterization Group, led by Mitra Taheri, PhD, Hoeganaes associate professor, recently published their findings from a side-by-side test of a newly developed direct detection camera and a conventional indirect detection camera, both developed by Gatan. Their piece in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, suggests that applying a direct detection sensor to standard electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) will greatly enhance scientists ability to study a materials structure and chemistry at the nanometer level.

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nanodiamond dendrite prevention

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

August 29 2017

Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Bach professor, and his Nanomaterials Group recently developed a process by which nanodiamonds — tiny diamond particles 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a hair — curtail the electrochemical deposition, called plating, that can lead to hazardous short-circuiting of lithium ion batteries.

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Chris Li

Staying Dry on a Rainy Dry

August 10 2017

Professor Christopher Li receives a collaborative NSF grant to develop a method for altering materials’ surface properties through the use of polymers to improve new materials development.

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What is Materials Science & Engineering?

Materials Science and Engineering is a multi-disciplinary field at the forefront of all emerging technologies and is critical for future developments in energy and the environment, health and medicine, extreme environments, and information technology. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is recognized as a leader in these areas, offering an ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree program and master’s and doctoral degree programs, engaging students in instruction and research. Learn More