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.
The focus of this MSc track is on design, preparation, processing, application and analysis of novel and advanced functional materials with high-tech properties. A good knowledge and understanding of the chemistry of polymers, functional inorganic materials, hybrids and molecular materials forms the basis of the M&ME track.
This includes materials chemistry of polymers with defined molecular and mesoscopic structures, organometallic polymers and the engineering and atomic-scale analysis of polymer surfaces and interfaces. Knowledge of (bio)molecular chemistry is used for the design and synthesis of large, molecularly defined, organic 3D assemblies (for instance incorporating DNA or proteins) by reversible interactions between the constituents with the aim to manipulate the shape and function of the collective.
New inorganic and hybrid materials are developed for use in next generation nanoelectronics, but also for large-scale storage of electrical energy in batteries, and ultrasensitive sensors and artificial noses. The performance of these technologies typically depends on understanding and controlling the material fabrication process on the nanoscale.
Biocompatible and biodegradable polymers are investigated in tissue engineering as scaffolds for blood vessels and bone, and polymeric nanoparticles with surface-attached functionalities are developed to serve as carriers for targeted drug or gene delivery. On the other side of the spectrum, various aspects of rubber technology and engineering of polymers with excellent properties under harsh conditions are explored.
For more information, read the information elsewhere on this site, the website for prospective students or contact the track coordinator.