The following are possible areas of research focus for students in the MolE Ph.D. program.
- 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
- Organic light emitting diodes, field-effect transistors, and organic photovoltaic devices
- Electro-optical properties of organic systems
- Electrochemical Cells
- Energy Storage
- Synthetic biosystem engineering on the molecular scale
- Design of bio-molecular building blocks
- Artificial biochemical reaction networks and devices
- Biomolecular engineering involving DNA and proteins
- Gene regulation and signaling
- Chemical kinetics/stochastic processes
- Hierarchical Systems
- 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.