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Advanced Materials Research

That sums up the goal of Advanced Materials research in the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern. By taking a fundamental approach, researchers can discover new ways of solving important applied problems. One way of looking at this is through the Structure-Properties-Processing relationship.

An understanding of the structure-property relationship can give insight into which processing steps yield the desired results. Similarly, observing the structure that results from a given set of processing conditions may reveal how to change a material’s properties.

At a basic level, this can mean manipulating matter at an atomic or molecular level to build micro and nanostructured materials with new and interesting properties, previously unattainable by any other means.

It can also mean engineering coatings and surfaces to enhance or improve existing materials, or provide an added functionality, such as chemical resistance, biocompatibility, or radiation hardness.

It means synthesizing or modifying materials that make our lives better – from improved catalysts for more efficient chemical reactions, to molecularly engineered electronics that require less power to run, to fuel cells that outperform today’s best batteries.

Increasingly, it means working at the interface between biological and physical systems – marrying nature’s ability to engineer biology for specific purposes with the engineer’s ability to modify physical materials, creating new, hybrid systems that take advantage of the best of both worlds.

To learn more about what specific advanced materials research is going on in the department, click on the faculty names below.

Advanced Materials Research at Northeastern. The Future of Chemical Engineering Starts Here.