The following are (just a few) possible areas of research focus for students in the MolE Ph.D. program. Please see our Current Student Biographies for specific projects our students are working on.
- Material and device functionality guided molecular synthesis
- Molecular structure and solid condensed phase assembly
- Structure effects on electronic and photonic material properties
- Optoelectronic properties such as light absorption, fluorescence, and phosphorescence
- Charge transport mechanisms in organic materials
- Nanowire based electrodes
- Organic light emitting diodes, field-effect transistors, and organic photovoltaic devices
- Electro-optical properties of organic systems
- Electrochemical Cells
- Nanocrystals for laser refrigeration
- Energy Storage
- Next generation battery tech
- Synthetic biosystem engineering on the molecular scale
- Nanoparticle Vaccines
- Design of bio-molecular building blocks
- Quantum-dot based tracking
- Dynamic regulation of metabolic pathways in bacteria
- Computational Design and Cellular Characterization of RNA Switches
- Artificial biochemical reaction networks and devices
- Single molecule nanopore sequencing
- Biomolecular engineering involving DNA and proteins
- Gene regulation and signaling
- Protein self assembly structures such as nano cages, wires, and surfaces
- Chemical kinetics/stochastic processes
- Hierarchical Systems
- Zwitterionic polymers
- Metabolic Functionalities
Plan of Study
- Take core courses that cover molecular properties and material functionalities; material molecular hierarchies and assemblies; and molecular design principles. Students interested in Cleantech applications will learn principles for developing functional materials and devices while those interested in Biotechnology will focus on synthetic biosystem engineering.
- Choose elective courses to specialize in Cleantech or Biotech research areas while learning about molecular synthesis, assembly, and design; characterization and analysis; as well as theory, computation, and modeling.
- Attend interdisciplinary seminars with renowned experts in molecular engineering fields.
- Complete research in the lab of a participating member of the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.