The Molecular & Materials Engineering track is one of the two Master tracks of Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. It encompasses two years (120 EC) of normal study.
In this track the focus is on design, preparation, processing, application and analysis of novel materials with high-tech properties.
This includes materials chemistry of polymers with defined molecular and mesoscopic structures, inorganic and organometallic polymers and the engineering and analysis of polymer surfaces and interfaces. Biocompatible and biodegradable polymers are investigated in tissue engineering as scaffolds for blood vessels and bone, and polymeric nanoparticles with surface-attached functionalities are studied as carriers for targeted drug or gene delivery. Also environmentally safe biodegradable polymers, various aspects of rubber technology and engineering of polymers with excellent properties at high temperatures are investigated.
In the area of inorganic materials, topics are studied such as metal/ceramic composites with special electrical properties, thin film technology and controlled preparation of (nano-sized) particles for porous membranes for liquid filtration, gas separation and catalysis. (Bio)molecular technology is developed in the controlled preparation of large, molecularly defined, organic assemblies (2D and 3D, for instance DNA, proteins) by reversible interactions between the constituents with the aim to study such nanoparticles at the individual level, to manipulate their shape and functions, and to communicate with such assemblies.
For more information, read the information elsewhere on this site, the website for prospective students or contact the track coordinator.