Texas State’s MSEC program has a truly unique capability for creation and characterization of advanced and artificially structured materials — a nine-chamber molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) machine; a dual 8-inch prototype production MBE system; a prototype-production metal organic chemical vapor deposition system; organic film deposition; and a graphene chemical vapor deposition system. Research areas include thermoelectric and photovoltaic materials, next-generation microelectronic materials, epitaxial oxides, power electronics and novel semiconducting, and ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials.
Texas State has the largest and best-equipped group lab for polymer and nanocomposite synthesis and characterization west of the Mississippi. Research includes high-impact polymers for ballistics protection, shape memory and self-healing systems, lowdielectric polymers for electronic applications and conducting polymers. The nanocomposite research includes ablative materials for rockets, flame-retardant materials, engineering composites, food packaging and thermal and electrically conducting materials.
The MSEC program has a core of professors and equipment specializing in the synthesis, surface modification, characterization and applications of nanoparticles and nanophase materials. We have particular interest and expertise in non-spherical nanoparticles and in 2-D materials such as graphene. Our burgeoning efforts in biomaterials and biosensors place a particular emphasis on novel materials for targeted drug delivery and disease diagnostics.