PhD in Coatings & Polymeric Materials

General

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Program Description

The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials offers graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in polymers and coatings science. The departmental research bridges between basic and applied research in the field of polymers and coatings.

Students in this program have opportunities to conduct cross-disciplinary research. Advanced research work involves specialized training in the following areas:

  • Colloidal and interfacial chemistry of polymers and coatings
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Adhesion
  • Durability
  • Spectroscopy
  • Corrosion
  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanomaterials design and synthesis
  • Computational modeling
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Rheology. 

During the fall semester, the faculty meet with the new students to acquaint them with the research programs in the department. Because students are required to team with a research adviser by the end of the first semester in residence, they are required to discuss research opportunities with all faculty members.

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Research Facilities and Equipment

The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is housed in a modern building in the NDSU Research and Technology Park on the northwest corner of the campus. This building consists of nearly 40,000 square feet of space for research and teaching.

The department possesses extensive instrumentation to characterize polymers and colloids, including:

  • State-of-the-art spectrometers
  • Thermal analysis systems
  • Advanced electrochemical equipment to study corrosion
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Equipment for paint making and testing

Other modern research facilities, including state-of-the-art electron microscopy, high-performance computing, and NMR laboratories, are readily available to all researchers on the NDSU campus and in the NDSU Research and Technology Park.

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Admission Requirements

The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. To be admitted with full standing status to the program, the applicant must meet the Graduate School admission requirements and have adequate preparation in a science or engineering field.

Graduate Funding

The student must first be accepted in full or conditional status before he/she is eligible for an assistantship in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials. Graduate students are supported during both the academic year and summer months by either teaching or research assistantships. Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a stipend. The stipend is a minimum of $1,300 - $1,700+ per month (or $15,600 - $20,400+ annually.)

To be considered for an assistantship, applicants must complete a Graduate School application and submit all required materials by April 15.

International applicants are required to submit GRE scores. General and subject GRE scores are preferred, but not required, of domestic applicants.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often in ... Read More

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often interdisciplinary, research. Additionally, our students have access to professional development opportunities, and events such as Three Minute Thesis. Our low tuition costs make NDSU a bargain, and our career outcomes are excellent. We are located in Fargo, ND – a Midwestern “hidden gem,” and a welcoming and vibrant community of about 230,000 with a unique rural-urban feel. We have a bustling entrepreneurial atmosphere; rich culture; great local fare, arts, and entertainment; and family friendly environment. Read less