Materials research is a particularly strong and exciting area of activity for the Mines campus with both interdisciplinary and focused programs. Materials researchers investigate the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Our faculty and students engage in the design, study, and manipulation of materials properties using advanced characterization and modeling techniques complemented by extensive materials processing and testing capabilities. Our major materials-focused research centers spearhead campus-wide efforts on a variety of topics including physical metallurgy, extractive metallurgy, advanced ceramics, polymers and biomaterials, energy materials, materials modeling, and advanced manufacturing. Click here for more information on specific materials-related research center activities
Mines offers graduate education and research opportunities (M.S.-non-thesis, M.S.-thesis, and PhD degrees) in both Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science specializations. Interested in pursuing a graduate program in materials at Mines, but unsure which specialization (Metallurgical Engineering vs. Materials Science) best fits your needs? You do not have to decide at the time of application—our faculty and staff can work with you identify the track that best fits your needs after you arrive.
- Evody Tshijik Karumb: "Being a student at Mines in the metallurgical department has enabled me to work with some of the most renowned people in the field."
- From lithium for batteries to neodymium for wind turbines, mined materials remain essential to modern life
- Putting ‘Pepto’ into the belly of a boiler
- Mines researchers test how 3D-printed materials perform inside a nuclear reactor
- Mines students show materials knowledge, bladesmithing skills
- Reversible protonic ceramic fuel cells able to store energy
- ADAPT consortium welcomes new member Lithoz
- Speer elected to National Academy of Engineering
- Yu wins NSF CAREER award for interlayer alloy design
- Brennecka named Fryrear Chair for Innovation and Excellence