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College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Center for Materials Research

What is CMR?

Materials Science is a highly interdisciplinary field based on perspectives from physics, chemistry, electronics, optics and biology. The Center for Materials Research (CMR) at NSU conducts pioneering research in materials science and engineering and provides graduate education on the master's and doctoral levels. CMR research falls into four categories: Optics, Plasmonics and Meta-materials; Nano-materials and Nano-technology; Advanced Functional Materials and Devices; and Semiconductor Materials and Devices. CMR researchers seek to understand fundamental science and develop new solutions for technical challenges. Through our cutting-edge research activities and facilities, CMR students are equipped and trained in the synthesis and characterization of new materials and the development of innovative devices.

CMR Mission

The mission of the graduate programs in the Center for Materials Research (CMR) is to prepare students for careers in industry, government, and academia in the interdisciplinary field of Materials Science and Engineering. The CMR provides infrastructure support for innovative research on the characterization and processing of advanced materials and devices, and strives to identify and inspire the next generation of individuals in the burgeoning area of MSE. Ultimately, the Center’s goals are to produce a diverse and talented cadre of scientists and engineers, make a global impact through cutting-edge research, and promote STEM fields to the community.


Ph.D. Program Outcomes

Intended Student Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will demonstrate fundamental and current materials science knowledge and analytical skills.
  • The student will apply knowledge and skills to lead and work independently on interdisciplinary research projects which lead to substantial contributions to the field.
  • The student will demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and be able to present information in a professional setting.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of professional ethics and responsibilities.
  • The students will apply a broad understanding of materials science and engineering to provide solutions in a global and societal context.

Intended Program:

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and professional skills necessary to serve in the academic, government, research and private sectors working in areas related to materials science and engineering.

MS Program Outcomes

Intended Student Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will demonstrate fundamental and current materials science knowledge and analytical skills.
  • The student will apply knowledge and skills to work independently on interdisciplinary research projects.
  • The student will demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and be able to present information in a professional setting.
  • The student will demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and be able to present information in a professional setting.
  • The student will apply a broad understanding of materials science and engineering to provide solutions in a global and societal context.

Intended Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and professional skills necessary to serve in the academic, government, research and private sectors working in areas related to materials science and engineering.