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

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.

NEW $18 Million MRSEC FROM THE NSF to advance materials research

A new center at the University of Delaware is advancing research to transform the way materials are made. The new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, or MRSEC, the UD Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM) will drive fundamental materials science research with the potential to enable critical innovations in biomedicine, security, sensing and more. The effort is led by UD’s Thomas H. Epps, III, the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with $18 million in funding from the National Science Foundation. LaShanda Korley, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a joint appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will co-direct and coordinate operational aspects of the center.

Recent News

Faculty Spotlight: William N. Shafarman

William N. Shafarman, a University of Delaware scientist with more than 30 years of experience developing solar energy technologies and research partnerships, is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of UD’s Institute of Energy Conversion. Founded in 1972, IEC is believed to be the oldest continuously operating solar research institute in the world. Over the years, in addition to leading projects as the principal investigator on government and industry contracts, he has organized numerous international conferences and symposia on photovoltaic science and engineering, taught tutorials on solar cells for conferences and companies, and served as team leader for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Thin-Film Partnership Program.

Faculty Spotlight: LaShanda Korley

LaShanda Korley joined UD in 2018 as Distinguished Associate Professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering. She is the director of a five-year, $5.5 million NSF-funded project to explore bio-inspired materials and systems, such as nanocomposites inspired by spider silk and soft robotics inspired by the way worms wriggle. Korley also brings expertise in fiber and film manufacturing.

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.