The major strengths of Materials Science & Engineering at Stony Brook include the quality, depth and diversity of our research programs, and our accomplished faculty. Our current and former faculty members have won a number of national and international distinctions, including two National Medals of Technology (Professor Esther Takeuchi and Emeritus Professor Dick Gambino) and three memberships in the National Academy of Engineering (Professor Esther Takeuchi, Emeritus Professor Dick Gambino and Former Provost Eric Kaler). Our faculty cover a comprehensive range of materials research enabled by diverse funding portfolios. Research programs that attract worldwide recognition include:
- Thermal spray coatings
- Catalytic and Sensor Materials
- Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films
- Synchrotron X-ray topography
- Computational Materials Science
- Sustainable Materials
- Materials for Energy and Environment
We have been home to two NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs): one in Thermal Spray Research and the other in Polymers at Engineered Interfaces. Our faculty has access to the analytical facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory, NIST, Oakridge National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, and we have active collaborations with international universities and institutions ranging from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble France, to universities in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Japan and Canada.
Our centers in Thermal Spray Science, Polymers at Engineered Interfaces, Crystal Growth and Nanomaterials and Nanoenergy Research involve significant collaboration with industry. The Thermal Spray Center has created an industrial consortium with more than 24 paying members including leading energy system producers such as GE, Siemens, Mitsubishi and Caterpillar. The strength of our interactions with industry is also indicated by the extent of our involvement with the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) Program, which is run by Leading Professor Clive Clayton.