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Graduate School


Materials & Nanotechnology


Dr. Erik Hobbie

Telephone Number

(701) 231-6103

Degrees Offered

Ph.D., M.S.

Application Deadline

International applications are due May 1st for fall and August 1 for spring and summer. Domestic applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes.

Test Requirements


English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 71

Program Description

North Dakota State University offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Science or Ph.D. degree in Materials and Nanotechnology (MNT). The program includes a series of required MNT core courses; additional elective courses; written and oral preliminary examinations; a doctoral dissertation based on independent, original research in the area of materials and nanotechnology; and a final oral examination of the dissertation. 

Admission Requirements

The program in Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials is open to qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. Students with a degree in the disciplines of chemistry, engineering, material science and engineering, physics, polymer science, polymer engineering, or related fields will be considered for admission. Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements. 

Financial Assistance

Students are routinely supported through research assistantships. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship, potential to undertake advanced study and research, and financial need. All students who submit complete applications by the appropriate deadlines are considered for assistantships. Exceptional students are also eligible for university fellowships that are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Degree Requirements

By the end of the first academic year, the student will select an academic adviser from among the MNT faculty and arrange for the appointment of a Graduate Advisory Committee. This committee will consist of at least four members of the graduate faculty. This includes the student's major adviser, at least one additional MNT faculty member, and an appointee of The Graduate School.
The plan of study will be prepared by the student, in consultation with the major adviser, by the end of

the first year in residence. The plan shall be approved by the student's Graduate Supervisory Committee, the MNT Program Director, and the Graduate School dean. The plan of study must be filed in the Graduate School prior to scheduling the comprehensive written examination.
Master of Science

Graduate students in Materials & Nanotechnology are able to obtain a Master’s degree following one of two different tracks. In each case a total of at least 30 graduate credits with a grade point average of 3.0 or better are required. 

The non-thesis option (Master’s of Materials and Nanotechnology – Plan B) is appropriate for working professional students or students who are certain that they do not wish to pursue future graduate work in any field of science or engineering to the level of doctorate. In the context of the MNT program, this is the equivalent of a Plan B Master’s with a 6-10 credit culminating experience (794) replacing the research credits (798). The thesis option (Plan A) represents a more traditional Master’s of Science in Materials and Nanotechnology, with an independent research component in the form of an original thesis that can serve as a foundation for future doctoral work in science or engineering. 

For the Thesis Option, of the required minimum 30 graduate credits, at least 16 credits must be from approved graduate courses numbered from 601-689, 691, 700-789, and 791 while the research credits (798) must be not fewer than 6 nor more than 10 credits.

The Graduate School requires the plan of study for the Ph.D. degree to include not less than 90 semester graduate credits. Of this total, not less than 27 credits must be in courses other than seminar or research credits. Of the 27 course credits, 15 must be at the 700-789 level. The MNT Ph.D. program requires students to complete a series of 7 core courses totaling 17 semester credits. The student will complete additional elective courses to fulfill The Graduate School requirement of 27 semester credits in academic courses. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained.

Courses Offered

All students must complete the core curriculum which consists of:

MNT 732

Physical Properties of Materials

3 credits

MNT 729

Materials Characterization

3 credits

MNT 760

Materials Synthesis and Processing

 3 credits

MNT 730

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology

3 credits

MNT 756

Molecular Modeling of Materials

3 credits

MNT 745

Preparing Future Researchers

1 credit

MNT 790

Graduate Seminar

1 credit

Students must complete at least an additional 12 credits of graduate level coursework. The courses should be chosen by the students in consultation and with the approval of the student's committee.

Suggested courses include the following


Microelectronics Focus

ABEN 682 Instrumentation and Measurements
CPM 796 Supramolecular Chemistry
CHEM 766 Quantum Chemistry I
CHEM 767 Quantum Chemistry II
ENGR780 Electromagnetic Theory
ECE 751 Electromagnetic Theory and Applications
IME 635 Plastics and Injection Molding Manufacturing
IME 627 Electronics Manufacturing
IME 720 Surface Engineering
MN 735 Optoelectronic Materials Processing
PHYS 771 Quantum Physics


Biomaterials Focus

ABEN 758 Applied Computer Imaging and
Sensing Techniques for Biosystems
BIOC 716 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes
BIOC 673 Methods of Biochemical Research
CE 725 Introduction to Biomaterials: Materials in
Biomedical Engineering
CPM 771 Methods of Polymer Characterization
CHEM 685 Industrial Biotechnology
CHEM 665 Principles of Physical Chemistry and
ECE 685 Biomedical Engineering
ECE 687 Cardiovascular Engineering
MN 786 Tissue Engineering
ME 694 Biomechanics
MN 785 Biocompatibility Testing
PSCI 611 Pharmacodynamics and Applied Therapeutics
PSCI 701 Quantitative Drug Design




Nanomaterials Focus

CE 641 Finite Element Analysis
CE 783 Nanomechanics
CE 793 Environmental Nanotechnology
CHEM 766 Quantum Chemistry I
CHEM 767 Quantum Chemistry II
CPM 673 Polymer Synthesis
CPM 686 Corrosion and its Control by Coatings
(cross-listed with CHEM)
CPM 773 Organic Chemistry of Coatings
CPM 782 Physical Chemistry of Coatings
CPM 796 Nanomaterials Chemistry
IME 720 Surface Engineering
ME 682 Fuel Cells
ME 733 Nanocomposites and Functionalities
ME 734 Smart Materials/Structures
ME 712 Advanced Finite Element Analysis
PHYS 758 Statistical Physics
PHYS 781 Solid State Physics I



General Materials Science and Engineering Focus

ABEN 658 Food Process Engineering
ABEN 644 Transport Processes in Biological and
Environmental Systems
ABEN 658 Food Process Engineering
ABEN 644 Transport Processes in Biological and
Environmental Systems
ME 673 Engineering Plastics for Design
CE 641 Finite Element Analysis
CE 720 Continuum Mechanics
CHEM 732 Electrochemistry
CHEM 736 Mass Spectroscopy
CPM 673 Polymer Synthesis
ME 751 Advanced Thermodynamics
ME 633 Composites Science and Engineering
PHYS 611 Optics for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS 781 Solid State Physics I




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Affiliated Faculty

Iskander Akhatov, Ph.D.
Lomonosov University of Moscow, 1983
Research Interests: Fluid Dynamics, Multiphase Systems, Heat and Mass Transfer 

Dilpreet Bajwa, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, 2000
Research Interests: Biobased Polymer Composites, Wood Composites, Processing and Characterization, Recycled Materials Utilization, Durability Engineering via Weathering and Degradation Mechanisms

Achintya N. Bezbaruah , Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002
Research Interests: Environmental sensors, Recalcitrant and micro pollutants, Contaminant fate and transport, Small community water and wastewater treatment, Environmental management 

Gordon P. Bierwagen, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 1968
Research Interests: Surface chemistry of coatings materials, corrosion, electrochemistry of coatings, coating lifetime prediction, concentrated random composites 

Bret Chisholm, Ph.D.
University of Southern Mississippi, 1993
Research Interests: Combinatorial chemistry methods for coatings, novel organic-inorganic coatings applications, new polyester nanocomposites 

Andrew Croll, Ph.D.
McMaster University, Ontario, 2009
Research Interests: Polymers, Diblock Copolymers, Thin Films, Pattern
Formation, Mechanics 

Stuart G. Croll, Ph.D.
University of Leeds, 1974
Postdoctoral: National Research Council, Canada
Research Interests: Weathering durability of coatings, physical chemistry and suspension stability, pigment-polymer interactions, film formation processes, coating and polymer physics 

Alan R. Denton, Ph.D.
Cornell University, 1991
Postdoctoral, University of Guelph, 1991-94; Technical University of Vienna, 1994-95, Research Center Julich, 1996-98
Research Interests: Soft Condensed Matter Theory, Computational Physic 

Daniel L. Ewert, Ph.D.
University of North Dakota, 1989
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering 

Victoria Johnston Gelling, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2001
Research Interests: Corrosion control of active metal substrates by environmentally friendly coating, electroactive conducting polymers (ECPs) as corrosion inhibitors, electrochemical experimental techniques for the examination of coated substrates 

Thomas Ihle, Ph.D.
Technical University, 1996
Research Interests: Theory and Simulation of Complex Fluids (Colloids, miroemulsions and Biopolymers). 

Long Jiang, Ph.D.
Nanyang Technological University, 2003
Research Interests: Polymer and Polymer Composite Processing, Polymer Processing Machinery and Design, Nanocomposites, Polymers and Composites Derived from Biomass, Functional Composites with Novel Microstructures.

Alan R. Kallmeyer, Ph.D.
University of Iowa, 1995
Research Interests: Theoretical, Computational, and Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials, Composite Materials 

Dinesh Katti, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, 1991
Research Interests: Geotechnical Engineering, Constitutive Modeling of Geologic Materials, Expansive Soils, Multiscale Modeling, Steered Molecular Dynamics, Computational Mechanics, Nanocomposite, and Bio-nanocomposites. Computational Biophysics

Kalpana Katti, Ph.D.
University of Washington, 1996
Research Interests: Advanced Composites, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Biomimetics, Materials Characterization and Modeling, Analytical Electron Microscopy, and Microspectroscopy, Bone Tissue engineering 

Svetlana Kilina, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Seattle, 2007
Research Interests: Photoexcitation process on the organic-inorganic interfaces in hybrid nanostructures: functionalized carbon nanotubes and quantum dots; Non-adiabatic dynamics in hybrid nanostructures: electron-phonon interactions in ligated quantum dots and functionalized carbon nanotubes; Self-assembly of bio-nanomaterials: structural aspects; Transport properties in amorphous conjugated polymers: effect of structural disorder. 

M. Erkan Kose, Ph.D.
University of Florida, 2005; Postdoctoral, Clemson University, 2005-2006; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2006-2009
Research Area:  Materials Chemistry and Photochemistry 

Ivan T. Lima Jr., Ph.D.
University of Maryland, 2003
Research Interests: Photonics 

Valery R. Marinov, Ph.D.
Technical University of Sofia, 1992
Research Interests: Process Modeling for Machining, Theory of Metal Cutting, Tribological Coatings, Including Nanocomposite Coatings and Deposition Methods, Design for Composites Manufacturing Processes, Packaging for low-cost disposable microelectronics, Direct-write material deposition methods, Laser processing 

Sylvio May, Ph.D.
Jena, 1996
Research Interests: Physics of Lipid Membranes, Biophysics 

Seth C. Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Clemson University, 1994
Postdoctoral, University of Oregon, 1995--99
Research Area: Inorganic/Organic Materials Chemistry, Chemical History 

Jing Shi, Ph.D.
Purdue University, 2004
Research Interests: Microelectronics Packaging, Direct Write Material Depositing, Laser Processing for Electronics, RFID Applications, Numerical Modeling of Manufacturing Processes, Computer Integrated Manufacturing 

Wenfang Sung, Ph.D.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1995; Postdoctoral, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 1997-1999
Research Area: Organic Materials Chemistry 

Chad A. Ulven, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005
Research Interests: Advanced Composites Materials Development, Environmentally Friendly Materials Processing, Nondestructive Evaluation, Impact/High Strain Rate Characterization of Advanced Materials 

Alexander J. Wagner, Ph.D.
University of Oxford, 1997
Postdoctoral MIT, 1998-2000, Edinburgh, 2000-2002
Research Interests: Computational Soft Matter, Phase Separation, Diffusion, Interfaces Physics 

Xinnan Wang, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina, 2008
Research Interests:  Experimental Biomechanics, Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Nanomechanical Characterization, Nanomanipulation

Dean Webster, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1984
Research Interests: Synthesis of high performance polymers, polymerization reactions, crosslinking chemistry, and quantitative structure-property relationship

Xiangfa Wu, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003
Beijing Institute of Technology, 1998
Research Interests:  Nanofabrication and Nanomaterials, Advanced Composites, Fracture and Impact Mechanics

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