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The Tufts Interdisciplinary Advanced Materials (TIAMAT) Center unifies more than four dozen Tufts faculty members whose technical interests include materials science. They come from nine departments across the Schools of Engineering and Arts & Sciences. While materials research has been a long-time significant strength at Tufts, the lack of a unifying center has caused it to fly under the radar. With the launch of TIAMAT, we are now able to pursue the fruits of our shared strength.
The mission of the center is to unite materials faculty at Tufts in common purpose: 1) Bring international recognition to Tufts for excellence in materials research and education; 2) Educate the next generation of materials researchers in a program that cultivates excellence; and 3) Produce novel and highly innovative research that advances basic and applied knowledge in materials.
Materials science is innately an interdisciplinary field that owes its origin back to the age of enlightenment when scientists began to use the tools of analytical thinking from chemistry, physics, and engineering in their study of metallurgy and mineralogy. In the modern era, the principal subjects of study for materials scientists and engineers has naturally expanded to include the materials of our present technological base—i.e., semiconductors, nanotechnology, and bio-materials—as well as looking to the materials of the future.
In recent years, there has been considerable growth and excitement in several areas of materials science, all of which are already represented by research here at Tufts. These areas include:
TIAMAT seeks bright young minds to join us in our M.S. and Joint-Ph.D. programs and to help us take the lead in establishing the next chapter in materials research.
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