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Get to Know MBSE!
Take a closer look at our esteemed MBSE faculty and graduate students.
Materials Engineering ranked No. 98 in U.S. News & World Report's grad program rankings
MBSE Recognized by U.S. News Rankings
Materials Engineering (part of the Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Graduate Group) ranked No. 98 among other graduate programs.
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Mentorship
Graduate student Josiah Piceno shares advice with undergraduate MSE students.
Professor Sarah Kurtz and MBSE and MSE students
Collaboration
MBSE graduate students join undergraduate MSE students for a picnic.
MBSE undergraduate student Jasmine Mercado student in the McCloskey lab
Next-Level Electronics
MBSE undergraduate student Jasmine Mercado works on research in Kara McCloskey's lab.

Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE)

The Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE) graduate group offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for doctoral (prioritized) and master-level students at the forefront of the modern revolutions in materials science technology. We have organized our research areas into three emphases:

  • Materials for Sustainability 
  • Materials for Biomedicine 
  • Materials and Interfaces for Tailored Functionalities 
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Our Faculty

Our faculty and staff take pride in combining exceptional teaching with state-of-the-art research to advance the education and research of this rapidly maturing discipline. 

Partnerships

Our partnerships give you the opportunity to work with world-class researchers beyond campus while receiving educational and research support toward your academic goals.

Research

Our students and faculty apply nanotechnology to model, create, and characterize transformative nano materials with exciting new properties through the implementation of nano-scale and/or bio-inspired devices.

Featured News

Professor Ajay Gopinathan has been elected the next vice-chair of the Division of Biological Physics (DBIO) of the American Physical Society (APS)
December 21, 2021

Professor Ajay Gopinathan has been elected the next vice-chair of the Division of Biological Physics (DBIO) of the American Physical Society (APS), the world's largest organization of physicists. He...

December 9, 2021

UC Merced has earned the distinction of ranking No. 20 among the world's Rising Young Universities, according to the just-released Nature Index 2021 Young Universities — the only U.S. institution to...

Professor David Strubbe
November 29, 2021

Professor David Strubbe has become the eighth faculty member of the 21-member Department of Physics to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research into improving the...