University at Buffalo

PhD in Materials Design and Innovation

Program Description

The Materials Design and Innovation PhD program blends traditional materials science with modern statistical analysis, database interpretation, and data mining techniques. In addition to the fundamental materials science subjects, the program offers unique courses in materials informatics, advanced computing methods, machine learning, robotics for materials engineering, and an integrated experimental development laboratory that spans from atomic-level research to device creation. PhD students in this program will also have the opportunity to engage with UB’s Computational Data-enabled Science and Engineering graduate program. This collaboration provides comprehensive training in computational data science, benefiting both experimental and computational materials scientists.

Focus Areas

  • Materials design and informatics
  • Quant structure-property relationship in materials
  • Thermodynamics and molecular structure of materials
  • Multivariate statistics and materials informatics
  • Computational materials chemistry and physics, kinetics, microstructure, and defects
  • Quantitative methods in materials characterization
  • MDI individual problems

Potential Career Opportunities

  • University researcher/ professor
  • Research scientist
  • Materials engineer
  • Product development engineer
  • Innovation manager
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Government researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Materials analyst
  • Environmental scientist/ engineer

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

Master’s Degree

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes