This is Materials Science & Engineering

Materials engineers focus on improving what things are made of and how they are made. New materials enable better performance and sustainable technologies.

For over 100 years, materials engineers at U of T have applied fundamental science, math and computer modelling to manipulate and control the physical properties of materials all around us. The result? Everything from high-efficiency energy storage and conversion technologies, to lightweight and high-performance materials for aerospace and automotive applications, to greener processes for making advanced materials.

For example, Professor Mansoor Barati and his Sustainable Materials Processing Research Group have been able to lower the cost of solar cells by using silicon extracted from rice husk. And it’s the Surface Engineering & Electrochemistry team, led by Professor Steven Thorpe, that has been combining innovative nanostructures and the electrolysis of water to produce clean hydrogen fuel. On another front, the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering group, with Professor Chandra Veer Singh, is speeding up the development of products by finding ways to reduce the steps needed to test the next generation of structural materials. Many of these advancements wouldn’t happen without close collaboration with industry.

Some of the most influential people in materials engineering are U of T graduates. That’s not surprising when you consider three things. First, our department marked a century of innovation and education in 2013. Second, we are the number one ranked school for materials science in Canada. And third, our students benefit from the productive materials research they see all around them on campus.


Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Materials Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Materials Science & Engineering

Undergraduate Theme Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Design of Materials
  • Manufacturing with Materials
  • Sustainable Materials Processing

Areas of Research

Additive & Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Characterization & Forensics

  • Perovic, Doug D. – Electron Microscopy,  Microelectronics & Forensics
  • Howe, Jane –In situ & correlative microscopy group
  • Zou, Yu – Extreme mechanics & Advanced Manufacturing

AI for Materials Design & Processes

Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Coatings & Surfaces

Computational Material Science

Energy Generation & Storage

Nano, 2D & Composite Materials

Photonics, Electronics & Sensors

Smart Materials & Devices

Sustainable Materials Processing