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MACES students present at symposium
Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES)
Faculty and students at MACES, in collaborate with NASA, are developing energy solutions for space missions.
Professor Jennifer Lu and her students
In Profressor Jennifer Lu’s lab, students receive hands-on, multidisciplinary training to students through creating novel material platforms for energy conversion, harvesting and water...
3D material printing
Fundamental Knowledge to Practical Applications
Researchers transform materials into a form that can be extruded through a 3D printer to create electronic components of shapes that perfectly resemble the 3D topography of human bodies.
Professor Jessica Wang with Graduate Student Kiana Shirzad.
Next-Level Electronics
PRofessor Jessica Wang and graduate student Kiana Shirzad continue their research that could change the future of electronics.
Professor Jessica Wang's researchers watch the printing of their newly synthesized materials.
Materials & Matter
Professor Jessica Wang's researchers watch the printing of their newly synthesized materials.

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. 


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


As the newest American research university, UC Merced is home to cutting-edge research laboratories and facilities.

Featured News

September 26, 2019

A group of physics researchers from UC Merced have revealed that a fluid made from biological molecules found in human cells behaves much like ordinary fluids that are mixed externally, such as paint...

Scientific equipment for making solar cells
September 18, 2019

Two UC Merced physics groups are totally spacing out this year. Professors Sayantani Ghosh and David Strubbe and their students in the Department of Physics are working on a NASA initiative to...

Professor Strubbe stands in front of a research poster.
July 9, 2019

Durable, reliable, affordable solar power is the future of energy, and UC Merced computational physicist Professor David Strubbe is diving into a new area of science to answer the call. Strubbe’s...