Mission Statement and Purpose
The Materials Chemistry specialization is an exciting, interdisciplinary program of research that involves research in topics central to the rapidly evolving field of materials chemistry. Faculty in this specialization represent a range of research interests from biomaterials to polymers to inorganic nanoparticles. Our research encompasses the chemical synthesis of materials, the molecular and physical basis of materials structure and properties, and the interplay between molecular-level structure, composition, and functional properties.
The Graduate Studies in the Materials Chemistry specialization is designed to meet the intellectual and practical needs of the graduate students and faculty who share a common interest in materials chemistry. This specialization provides a new level of intellectual freedom and opportunity to graduate students in innovation and discovery in materials chemistry. This program provides enormous opportunities for research, and uniquely prepares students for this highly multidisciplinary field. The Materials Chemistry specialization includes course work at both the basic and advanced levels, outstanding research opportunities, and many opportunities for professional development. It facilitates the research and intellectual development of students and faculty alike. Graduate students in Materials Chemistry obtain their doctoral degrees through their host departments, but they are free to select research advisors from any area of chemical sciences, while meeting the program requirements.
- After graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, senior Omar Alshangiti will continue his academic career at the University of Oxford in England following his selection as a Rhodes Scholar.
- Three faculty members elected 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of ScienceChemistry professors Rohit Bhargava, Paul Braun and Prashant Jain, along with two other University of Illinois professors, are among the 489 scientists to be awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year.
- The collaborative effort, funded by the National Science Foundation, includes chemistry professors Andrew Gewirth and Joaquín Rodríguez-López and seeks to reimagine the creation of chemicals and fuels.