In areas like material fabrication and synthesis, and with materials such as semiconductors, composites and polymers, researchers are working across traditional boundaries to overcome interrelated challenges inherent in the development of tomorrow’s energy systems, health advances, and a broad array of other fields.

Researchers in this area focus on the characterization of physical and chemical structures, properties, and performance of materials, surfaces, and devices, as well as processing, fabrication, and characterization at various scales. Projects include experimental studies and numerical simulations based on physical, chemical, and biological models. The ability to locate, observe, manipulate and fabricate at the molecular and atomic levels has implications for cancer treatments, alternative fuels, solid-state lighting, environmental remediation, high-bandwidth communications, and a host of other endeavors.

Lehigh has long had some of the world's best electron microscopy and spectroscopy facilities. Several recent instrumentation grants from the National Science Foundation have enabled us to refine and improve upon our nanocharacterization capabilities with aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, a high-sensitivity low energy ion scattering spectrometer, and a unique device that integrates an inverted optical microscope with an atomic force microscope.

Materials, Matter, Devices & Systems

Typical Graduate Programs

Graduate students interested in materials, matter, devices or systems engineering often pursue degrees such as: