Modeling. Synthesis. Characterization.
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Take your career to the next level with the academic experience offered through CMU's Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. program. Join our faculty in cutting-edge research, developing a wide range of new materials for science and engineering applications.

Classes are small and students are engaged in research with faculty mentors by the end of the first year. The formal coursework focuses on the scientific framework for studying materials and is organized around the key methodologies employed in materials research: modeling, synthesis, and characterization.

Throughout their academic and research experiences, students gain hands-on experience exploring chemical, physical and mathematical properties of advanced materials. CMU faculty maintain active research labs and are involved in collaborative relationships with other institutions and with industry, providing valuable contacts with experts in a variety of materials areas. ​

 News and Events

S.A.M. Alumnus Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

S.A.M. alumnus, Dr. Mahmoud Alomari, has been recognized by the CMU College of Graduate Studies...


S.A.M. Student Wins Outstanding Thesis Award

MS in Chemistry grad, Adam Bauer, has been recognized by the CMU College of Graduate Studies...


Research featured as cover story on Angewandte Chemie

Wenjun Du's research on glucose poly(ortho esters) featured as the journal's cover story


Expert commentary in Physics' Viewpoint paper

Marco Fornari invited to write a commentary explaining recent materials research conducted at BYU


National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy research grants awarded

Veronica Barone and Koblar Alan Jackson recognized for their research