Surfactant science and technology is a very important area in commercial/industrial practice, and this new MS program is the only one available. Surfactant systems at the air/water, water/oil, or water/solid interfaces are rarely taught, while they are critical for the coating, pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.

Interfaces are ubiquitous in nature, and solutions to almost all technological and medical problems require understanding and controlling interfacial structure and interactions at the molecular level. The field of interface science and engineering is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses diverse areas of activities from studies of the fundamental properties of interfaces, to the development of new medical procedure and of new materials with unique properties for myriad applications.


Students are introduced to a rich tapestry of surfaces and interfaces, with an emphasis on highly interdisciplinary projects, which are critical for developing future scientists/engineers. Surfaces range from those of polymer to those of metals, metal oxides and semiconductors. Engineered interfaces span a range of length scales, from nanoscopic (using nanolithography) to macroscopic, from random distribution of functional groups to a gradient in their concentrations.

You may select a thesis option, where you will work on a research project that is summarized in a thesis, or a project option, in which you will take an aspect of surface engineering in an area that has been previously researched and propose an industrial application using knowledge acquired in the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the master’s program should have a BS or a more advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Physical Chemistry, or Bioengineering with a minimum GPA of 3.5

You should also have 12 or more credits of math, two semesters of organic chemistry and at least one semester of physical chemistry.

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