Academic Programs

Student in Molecular Beam Epitaxy LabThe department offers an undergraduate major, two minors, a Masters of Science and PhD.


  • Electronic Materials
  • Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials
  • Self-Assembly of Materials
  • Thin Film Materials
  • Materials Characterization
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Biological and Biomedical Materials
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photonic Materials
  • Nanomaterials

Faculty Spotlight: Sheldon Hewlett

Sheldon Hewlett is a new assistant professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. His primary focus is teaching, recruiting, and developing curricula for UD’s new undergraduate materials science and engineering major beginning in 2019. Hewlett has a bachelor’s degree in Material Science and Engineering from MIT, a master’s in Material Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and a doctoral degree in the Science of Advanced Materials from Central Michigan University, where he investigated solution-processed gold disordered metamaterials with high broadband optical absorption.

New MSE Major

With a materials science and engineering degree from the University of Delaware, you will be poised for success in industries that impact societal needs in energy, the environment, and biomedicine as well as other consumer needs such as semiconductor and electronics manufacturing.

Faculty Position in Polymer and Soft Matter Chemistry

We invite applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the area of polymer and soft matter chemistry. Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to, controlled synthetic strategies, supramolecular systems, stimuli-responsive polymers, templating synthesis, bio-inspired pathways, and hybrid materials

Recent News

High Performance Computing

The University of Delaware’s newest high performance computing (HPC) community cluster, named Caviness, puts vast computational power at researchers’ disposal.

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Materials Of The Future

At UD, materials science and engineering has a storied past and bright future The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Delaware celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018 by announcing a keystone of its future: a new undergraduate major in...

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Highly Cited Researchers

Cathy Wu, Craig Brown and Anderson Janotti make list of top influencers Engineers at the University of Delaware do research that garners attention from scientists and engineers around the world, and three faculty members in the College of Engineering were recently...

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Quantum Momentum

As part of a National Science Foundation initiative to advance the quantum technology revolution, University of Delaware researchers will explore a new approach to making quantum devices, 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, in UD’s Nanofabrication Facility, shown behind them. Project leader Matthew Doty (center) is flanked by team members Stephanie Law and Joshua Zide. 

Upcoming Events

Featured Gallery – Art in Materials

Each year, the department hosts an Art in Materials contest for students. These are some of the most recent submissions. Click to enlarge the images and learn more about the science behind each submission.

A Big Moment For Tiny Tech

Nanofabrication Lab is the future of science