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Materials Science & Engineering

Materials science and nanotechnology is one of the hottest and most versatile research fields, both at home and abroad. Various kinds of food, medicine, devices, energy, transportation, etc. – everything that revolves around people’s daily life are manifestly a part of the vast and exciting field. This diversity is reflected in the portfolio of current research activities of the Department.

Its faculty background derives from multidisciplinary combinations of physics, chemistry, life sciences, medical sciences, energy, information sciences, etc. as it attempts to combine science with engineering and mold them into a meaningful and useful entity for the betterment of humanity. The Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Peking University hopes to achieve this goal through the introduction of innovative education schemes, the development of breakthrough research and technologies, and the frequent dissemination of technical information. Further efforts that culminated in collaborations and joint programs with World renowned universities and laboratories from within and outside of China have been undertaken. In 2009, the Department introduced a joint Ph.D. program with the U.S. Georgia Institute of Technology School of Materials Science and Engineering.

The department offers the following 4 major research areas.

  • Nanomaterials and Micro-nano Devices

Nanomaterials and micro-nano devices own their excellent physical, electric, magnetic, optical and chemical properties to the micro-nano scale size that macro-sized materials and devices cannot match. The following research areas are offered: a) functional nanomaterials,magnetic and magnetoelectric materials, b) nanoporous materials, c) micromotors, sensors and other micro-nano devices, c) graphene nanoelectronics, d) carbon nanotube based memory cells.

  • New Energy Materials and Devices

With the rising standard of living, the amount of energy consumption is ever increasing and this drives an urgent need to source for new energy materials and devices. The following research areas are offered: a) energy storage materials (hydrogen storage, hydrates, phase change materials), b) energy conversion materials (lithium ion batteries materials, catalyst for fuel cell,photoelectric, thermoelectric, piezoelectric materials) andc) energy devices (battery, fuel cells, solar cells, light emitting diodes).

  • Biomedical Materials and Devices

Biomedical materials and devices are rapidly evolving due to their diverse applications in the medical, biological and life sciences fields. A biomaterial is a substance that has been engineered to take a form which, alone or as part of a complex system, is used to direct, by control of interactions with components of living systems, the course of any therapeutic or diagnostic procedure, in human or veterinary medicine. The following research areas are offered:a) novel biomedical metallic materials, b) next generation MRI contrast agents, c) multimodality molecular probes, d) microfluidic devices for cancer cells and medical sciences research, e) intraocular lens and f) hydrogel based on drug delivery system.

  • Polymers and Composite Materials

Polymers and composite materials possess attractive range of properties forthe development of superior engineering applications. The following research areas are offered: a)polymer synthesis and characterization, b) composite materials design and manufacture and characterization, c) liquid crystal materials and blue phase liquid crystal materials, d)reflective color E-paper, e) light-enhancement and wide-viewing films for liquid crystal display, f) light-selective reflected and transmitted films, g) films with temperature- and electric field-controllable light transmittance, h) OLED, solar cells and carbon fibers based on discotic liquid crystals and i) radiation crosslinking and degedation of polymers

Undergraduate Education

The undergraduate program focuses on a broad-based education in the engineering sciences that helps to develop the following traits in our students: good engineering practice, independent and innovative thinking, communication-presentation skills and a life-long learning and knowledge acquiring skill. By emphasizing on both analytical and experimental methods, our students acquire knowledge and broad skills set they need to pursue their life goals as an engineer, a businessman, a graduate student, etc. We also hope to imbue in our students with societal values, good moral character and balanced physical and mental health so that they can be useful members of the society. We are dedicated to help our students to be future leaders of their professional pursuits.

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering

The program is based on a broad intellectual foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, basic materials science, advanced materials and nanotechnology. During their program of study, students are expected to acquire knowledge so that they can be aligned with one of the four identified focus areas of the Department. Students are required to complete the curriculum in four years by obtaining the designated hours of credit and fulfilling supplemental program requirements. First year students share the same curriculum as they register for common core courses. From second year onwards, they can take elective courses of their choice. In their final year of study, they can take the capstone design class that allows them an opportunity to apply what they learn to solve real-life engineering problems by working on projects sourced from industries in a team environment with their classmates and possibly, with cohorts from other universities.

Graduate Education

The Department provides extensive opportunities for graduate students to engage in advanced research and collaborate with faculty and students from World-renowned universities. Together, they are expected to expand the boundaries of their research and profession so that they can become engineering leaders, researchers, and innovators in their chosen field.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Materials and Mechanics

The Ph.D. in Advanced Materials and Mechanicsis awarded based on a satisfactory completion of advanced courses and a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation, considered the centerpiece of a students’ graduate work, must be an original and high-quality piece of research performed under the supervision of our faculty. This program of study typically takes five years to complete.

  • Peking University—Georgia Institute of Technology Joint Ph.D. Program

The Joint Ph.D. program offers a unique opportunity for Chinese and U.S. students to interact and work in a globalized environment with World leading researchers from both universities. Students can apply for admission into the joint program from either the Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Peking University in Beijing, China, or the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, U.S. Joint program students have 2 advisors – a main advisor at their primary campus and a co-advisor at the secondary campus. Most of the classes and research will take place at the primary campus. However, students are required to spend at least one year taking classes and participating in research working with the co-advisor at the secondary campus. All classes are taught in English and a single doctoral dissertation will satisfy the thesis requirements of both institutions.

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