Department of Materials Science

Main Departmental Office
Science Research Building, 239
P.O. Box 305310
Denton, TX 76203-5310
(940) 565-3260

Russell F. Pinizzotto, Chair


Professors Brostow, Pinizzotto. Assistant Professors Reidy, D'Souza.


The Department of Materials Science addresses the education and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for manufacturing products for the 21st century. The department of Materials Science is committed to training students at the graduate level in all aspects of modern materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials and materials characterization. Students have opportunities for hands-on research with modern equipment and facilities. The department has strong collaborative programs with other Metroplex universities and with industry throughout the world. Students have an opportunity to develop highly marketable skills and have readily obtained jobs with high-technology companies in electronics, chemical, electric power and environmental industries and in academia.

Undergraduate students who are interested in materials science may enroll in specialized undergraduate research courses with the consent of their adviser and the graduate adviser of the Department of Materials Science.


The Laboratory of Polymers and Composites works on reliability and prediction of service performance, polymer liquid crystals and their blends, fiber reinforced composites and polymer solutions. Mechanical, thermophysical and rheological properties are investigated using computer simulations, statistical mechanics and a variety of experimental techniques (DMTA, TMA, TSD, DSC, TGA, PV-T relations, computerized tension, compressions, blending and impact testing).

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory is currently investigating a wide variety of materials including quantum-confined semiconductor nanoparticles, particulate contamination in semiconductor processing chemicals, dental amalgams, thin film ferroelectrics, integrated circuits, steels used in electric power generation plants, and aluminum alloys for aerospace applications. Equipment includes a Hitachi H-9000 high resolution transmission electron microscope capable of 0.17 mm resolution, a JEOL 200CX analytical transmission electron microscope, a JEOL 100CX analytical electron microscope and several scanning electron microscopes.

The Material Mechanics Laboratory is engaged in investigations of interrelationships between morphology and mechanical properties through the influences of time and temperature. A Mechanical Testing System (MTS810) equipped with an environmental chamber, video and thermal wave imaging provide stress pattern-temperature relationships around propagating cracks. Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis provides visuelastic and rheological property evaluation. The laboratory is also engaged in thermally stimulated Depolarization experimental techniques of polymer blends.

The Materials Synthesis and Processing Laboratory has research interests focused on the development of ferroelectrics, aerogels, and other novel ceramics for energy, sensor, and high temperature applications. Equipment includes a critical point dryer, a BET surface area analyzer, electrical conductivity apparatus, high temperature furnaces and a controlled atmosphere glove box.

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