Properties of Functional Materials Research

Properties of functional materials research is part of the overall program area of materials science and engineering (MSE) at Dartmouth supporting discovery in fundamental applied engineering as well as translational science in areas such as ice physics, nano- and bio-materials, energy harvesting and storage, and materials modeling.

Functional materials—classified on the basis of the functions they can perform—represent a fast growing set of advanced materials and composites, some properties of which (shape, electrical conductivity, mechanical properties, color etc.) are responsive to external stimuli. Because of their unique properties, these materials are advancing innovation in the areas of energy conversion and storage, sensing, electronics, photonics, and biomedicine.

Research Subfields

Electronic assembly

High-performance printed and flexible devices

Micromechanical and electromechanical systems (MEMS)

Multifunctional nanomaterials

Nanomaterials design and synthesis

Optoelectronic materials and devices