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Materials Science & Engineering
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2628 CD Delft
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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals.  Our goal is to develop fundamental understanding forming the basis for better performance, a longer life cycle with preservation of functionality, while at the same time sustainable use of resources and minimising environmental footprint, bridging the gap between societal needs and available resources. Critical Materials is an important connecting thread between all these research areas.

Graduate and post-graduate students play a pivotal role in our research, collaborating closely with their supervisors, peers and technicians, striving for top-level publications. These students are furnished with a top-level education in materials science and engineering, preparing them to meet existing and future technological and societal challenges in industry and academia.

In close collaboration with industry, through direct and joint government funding, the department develops novel concepts, metallurgical knowledge and improvements for which a clear path to application can be effectuated through collaborating partners . The success of the department in attracting industrial funding is testament to the quality and relevance of the research.

The Department employs and further develops a range of experimental techniques for the analysis of structure and composition of metals as well as for mechanical testing. In-house techniques include microscopical techniques, diffraction, in-situ techniques to quantify materials response to mechanical loading, temperature changes, magnetic fields and corrosive environments. In close collaboration with other research institutes techniques based on synchrotron radiation, neutrons, positrons are being employed. Physical modelling of mechanical and structural behaviour of metals is developed at length and time scales that range from the atomic scale, through the micrometre-scale to macroscopic applications.

Focus areas

Prof. dr. Jilt Sietsma and Prof. dr. Ian Richardson

Prof. dr. Barend Thijsse (ad interim)

Prof. dr. Barend Thijsse

Prof. dr. Joris Dik

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