Look around you, everything we use is made from materials. From a simple bed to a luxurious car - things that make modern living so much easier, are all composed of materials with specific functions. In the past, cavemen experimented with different tools and through trial and error, they discovered which ones work best for hunting, starting fires or as clothing. We’ve come a long way since then and today we select materials for tools and applications based on a scientific understanding of the nature of materials and how things are put together.
Materials Engineers are the maestros of this selection and application process and their role is to study materials from a unified point of view – the structure, properties, and ultimately what we can do with it. They have been instrumental in the development of revolutionary materials for the latest innovation and will continue to be at the forefront of solving problem at a global scale; engineering the next generation technologies in the biomedical, electronics, clean energy, aerospace, chemical and nanotechnology sectors and more!
Research is an important pillar of the materials science and engineering field. We offer many invaluable opportunities for our undergraduates to explore future applications from a wide range of research specialties available in the school. At MSE, we give every student the chance to put their capabilities to the test by completing a Final Year Project, in which they conduct scientific research in the following areas and more:
Biomaterials are critical components of many biomedical devices. MSE carries out biomaterials research that focuses on using conventional materials, such as metals, ceramics and polymers, for biomedical applications.
The Defence Materials group in MSE focuses on the development of high value added functional materials and technologies. Their research activities include both materials innovation as well as platform integration for various advanced applications in defence.
Materials for Sustainability
The materials for sustainability group in MSE prioritises three areas of research, namely clean energy harvesting, solar fuels and energy storage.
In MSE, the nanomaterials group places attention on the development of potential application(s) in sensing, green energy, environmental remediation and medical diagnostics.
MSE’s sports materials group concentrates on developing advanced materials for application in footwear design and performance, protective equipment, apparel as well as wearable electronics in the sporting industry.
At MSE, we do not just nurture innovation, we actively encourage it. MSE has a stellar track record of securing the funds needed to commercialise ideas arising from research. Beyond that, the many spin-off companies founded by professors, alumni and students
provide ample evidence of the school’s unsurpassed innovation culture.
Innovation is what makes the latest technology a reality, beyond the scientific theories and research in laboratories. In MSE, students and faculty members often attest to MSE’s vibrant and nurturing environment in promoting innovation among our students, researchers and faculty members alike.
Home to the world’s first completely-dissolving heart stent, developed by our former school’s Chair, Prof Subbu Venkatraman and former Chair, NTU Provost Prof Freddy Boey, MSE through the years has also produced sterling results of commercializing innovations that benefit the betterment of our society. This section will highlight some of the featured innovations developed by faculty, alumni and students from MSE.
At MSE, we actively collaborate with industry partners at all levels to ensure that our education meets the demand of the working world.