Materials Synthesis, Processing, Structure and Properties
The engineering of materials is simultaneously as old as human history (Bronze Age, Iron Age, Silicon Age), and an area which today is exploding with recent developments, as we gain control of structure at the nanoscale, or move into areas where synthetic and biological materials interface. At Princeton, materials research is a broad-based effort extending across many science and engineering departments, and the interdepartmental Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). Within Chemical Engineering, particular areas of strength and interest include organic materials (both polymers and small molecules), colloidal dispersions and nanoparticles, ceramics and glasses, and biomaterials. Applications for our inventions range from large-area electronics, to lightweight structural materials, to fluids with tailored flow behavior, to novel pharmaceutical delivery vehicles.