School of Advanced Materials Discovery

A Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program

Materials Science Engineering studies the use, properties, functions, and characterization of materials to address complex issues of efficiency, sustainability, cost and equity. Material scientists combine physics, chemistry, math, engineering, merchandising, and many other fields to create novel materials.

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CSU Chemist who developed revolutionary battery mentors next generation of innovators

August 20, 2023     

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Trash to treasure: Renewable energy system could capture farm fertilizer runoff and recycle it

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SAMD Faculty finalist in International 3D Printing Competition

April 12, 2023        

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SAMD Highlights
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Associate Director, Chris Weinberger, gave a keynote talk at Multiscale Materials Modeling on “Scale Bridging in the Inelastic Mechanical Response of BCC Metals” and an invited talk at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Materials in Extreme Environments: New Monitoring Tools and Data-Driven Approaches workshop.  Watch his “Ultra-high Temperature Ceramic Phases and Compositional Complexity” talk here.

SAMD Associate Director Chris Weinberger deliverered the keynote at the 13th Annual Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics Conference (CCAC) in Golden, Colorado. His talk was titled, “Interstitial Transition Metal Carbides & Nitrides: Structure and Properties.

Ph.D. student Carter Stotts presented, “Finite Element Modeling of Phase Transformation Kinetics in Transition Metal Carbide Composites” at the 2022 Annual Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics Conference (CCAC) in Golden, Colorado.

Congratulations to our PhD Student Carter Dojan for winning the Innovation in Engineering award at the 2022 CSU Venture Demo Day!
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Roberta Maia Sabino is the first SAMD PhD graduate student to walk at commencement
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PhD Student Roberta Maia Sabino presents at TermisAM (Orlando – Dec/19): Tanfloc/Heparin Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Enhances Hemocompatibility and Antibacterial Activities of Titania Nanotubes.

Assistant Professor Hua Chen speaks on “Novel transport phenomena in noncollinear antiferromagnets”, 2019 Annual Meeting of the APS Four Corners Section, October 11-12, 2019, Prescott, AZ.

Assistant Professor Hua Chen speaks on “Magnetoelectric effects in anomalous Hall antiferromagnets”, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan, October 2019.