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The Materials and Nanotechnology Program at North Dakota State University is an interdisciplinary Graduate Program spanning several Colleges and Centers, but sustained primarily by the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Graduate School. Both PhD and MS degrees are offered. Graduate students work closely with one or more faculty on challenging problems directed at meeting the technological needs of society in the 21st Century.  Areas of focus include nanoparticle/polymer synthesis, optical and electronic sensing, flexible electronics, nanocomposites and coatings, sustainable materials, biomedical engineering and targeted drug delivery. Research projects are conducted in any number of state-of-the-art laboratories across campus, including Research 1, Research 1A, Research 2, and Batcheller Technology Center, all of which are located in Research and Technology Park. The rapidly growing Fargo-Moorhead area is an attractive setting for start-up companies and technology-focused industries.

Erik K. Hobbie, Ph.D.
Program Director
Materials and Nanotechnology
North Dakota State University
251 Batcheller Technology Center
Fargo, ND 58105
Tel: (701) 231-6103
Fax: (701) 231-7088
erik.hobbie [at] ndsu [dot] edu

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B. J. Gifford, S. Kilina, H. Htoon, S. K. Doorn, S. Tretiak, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122, 1828-1838  (2018).

B. Gurmessa, A. B. Croll, Soft Matter 13, 1764-1772 (2017).


S. You, J. Froberg, J. Yu, M. Haldar, A. Sedigh, S. Mallik, D. Srivastava, Y. Choi 
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W. K. Lim, A. R. Denton, Soft Matter 12, 2247-2252 (2016).


N. Popadyuk, A. Popadyuk, I. Tarnavchyk, O. Budishevska, A. Kohut, A. Voronov, S. Voronov, Coatings 6, 52-66 (2016).


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J. Risan, A. B. Croll, F. Azarmi, J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 53, 48-57 (2015).


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J. B. Miller, J. M. Harris, E. K. Hobbie, Langmuir 30, 7936-7946 (2014).


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MNT is prominently featured in this video on the Coatings & Polymeric Materials Department at NDSU. The video premiered at the 2013 Fall MRS Meeting on MRS TV.

Upcoming MNT Seminars

Colloidal Silicon and Germanium Nanocrystals, Nanorods and Nanowires, Dr. Brian A. Korgel, McKetta Department Chemical Engineering and Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas, Austin - Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4:00 PM

Past MNT Seminars

Quantum Confined Semiconductors for Solar Photon Energy Conversion, Dr. Matthew C. Beard, Center for Advanced Photophysics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado - Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:00 PM

Thermosetting Polymers and Composites from Agricultural Oils, Dr. Michael Kessler, College of Engineering, North Dakota State University - Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 PM

Theory and Simulation of Dispersions with Competing Interactions Applied to Protein Solutions, Dr. Gerhard Nägele, Institute of Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany - Monday, February 12, 2018, 3:00 PM

Flow Behaviors of Polymer Systems Manipulated by Particles, Dr. Guangxian Li, College of Polymer Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu China - Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:00 PM

The Full Spectrum Boost Project in Nanoparticle Solar Cells: Down Conversion, Upconversion, Transport, Dr. Gergely Zimanyi, Department of Physics, University of California, Davis - Monday, November 13, 2017, 3:00 PM

Droplet-Assisted Vapor Phase Polymerization (DA-VPP) for Controlling Low Dimensionality in Nanostructures and Microstructures of Conducting Polymers, Dr. Julio M. D'Arcy, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis - Friday, October 27, 2017, 2:00 PM

Nanocellulosic Materials: From Preparation to Applications, Dr.  Yulin Deng, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 3:00 PM

DNA Topology in Genomic Information Processing, Dr.  Laura Finzi, Department of Physics, Emory University - Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 PM

Conformational Dynamics Dictate Normal and Aberrant Function of Protein Kinase A, Dr. Gianluigi Veglia, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 2:00 PM

Carbon Nanomaterial Microelectrodes for Neurotransmitter Detection, Dr. B. Jill Venton, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia - Monday, March 27, 2017, 3:00 PM

Out-of-the-Box Solutions to Silicon Crystal Growth Problems, Harold Korb, Korb Consulting, LLC - Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:30 PM

Impact of Chain Conformation and Dynamics on Macroscopic Properties of Polymer Melts and Nanocomposites, Dr. Gerald Schneider, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University - Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00 PM

From Self-Assembly to Electrokinetics: Novel Predictive Capabilities for Dielectric Effects, Dr. Erik Luijten, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University - Friday, February 3, 2017, 3:00 PM

Exciton Dynamics and Optical Properties of Single Semiconductor Carbon Nanotubes and Nanotube Bundles, Dr. Andrei Piryatinski, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Monday, January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM

Polymer-Based Nanocoatings Applied to Fabric Substrates for Flame Retardancy and Thermoelectric Energy Generation, Professor Jaime Grulan, Texas A&M University - Friday, November 4, 2016, 3:00 PM

New Hybrid Materials Based on Element-Blocks, Professor Yoshiki Chujo, Kyoto University - Monday, September 26, 2016, 3:00 PM

On How Being Soft and Squishy Affects Phase Behavior:  The Case of Charged-Microgel Suspensions, Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology - Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:00 PM

Electrical Double Layer Structure at the Water-Silica Interface: Role of Counterion Size, pH and Hydration Interactions , Matthew A. Brown, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich - Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:00 PM

Mixed Valence State Nanoceria and it's Role in Angiogenesis, Sudipta Seal, AMPAC and NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC), University of Central Florida - Friday, November 13, 2015, 3:00 PM

Probing Single-Molecule Protein Conformational Dynamics in Enzymatic Reactions and Cell Signaling, H. Peter Lu, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University - Monday, April 25, 2016, 3:00 PM

Mechanics of Ultrathin Polymer Films: Viscoelasticity, Dynamics and Rubbery Response of Membranes, Greg McKenna, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University - Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 3:00 PM

Ab Initio Electron Dynamics at Metal-Semiconductor Nanointerfaces, Dmitri Kilin, Department of Chemistry, University of South Dakota - September 26, 2014, 3:00 PM

Ruga Mechanics of Folding Atomic-Layer Nanostructures, Kyung-Suk Kim, Institute of Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, Brown University - October 20, 2014, 3:00 PM

Encapsulation of Solutes in Lipid Vesicles: Origins of Life Considerations, Tereza Pereira de Souza, Rowland Institute, Harvard University - November 7, 2014, 3:00 PM

Transdermal Therapeutic Systems: Structure, Function and Exelon(r) as a Convincing Example, Alfred Fahr, Department of Pharmaceutics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany - November 10, 2014, 3:30 PM

Elasticity-Based Mechanism for Collective Motion in Natural and Artificial Swarms, Christián Huepe, Department of Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University - December 15, 2014, 3:00 PM

Infectious Diseases, Auto-Immune Diseases, and Opportunities for Biophysics, Gerard Wong, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California Nanosystems Institute, UCLA - February 16, 2015, 3:00 PM

Making Non Stick Coatings out of Thin Air, Robert Lamb, Canadian Light Source Inc. Canada &
The University of Melbourne Australia - March 2, 2015, 11:00 AM

Structure, Dynamics and Properties of Block Polymer Dispersions, Frank S. Bates, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota - April 1, 2015, 3:00 PM

A New Path for Nanoparticles: Toward Fully Synthetic Protein Mimics and Beyond, Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT - April 20, 2015, 3:00 PM

A Robust Nonlinear Block Copolymer Nanoreactor-Based Strategy to Monodisperse Hairy Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimensions, Compositions and Architectures, Zhiqun Lin, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - May 5, 2015, 3:00 PM

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