What is MSE (Materials Science and Engineering) 

The field of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) researches all classes of materials including metals, ceramics, electronic materials, and biomaterials. It has an emphasis on the relationship between the underlying structure and the processing, properties, and performance of the materials.

MSE is based on disciplines of metallurgy and ceramics and nowadays further develops into semiconductors, magnetic materials, photonic materials, polymers and biological materials. A materials engineer is able to carried out engineering work on materials using various processing skills including machining, annealing, pressing, forming, micro/nano fabrication. Steels, automobiles, 3C electronics, IC foundries, Aerospace components, bio-medical implants, and mass data storage industry are all recent users of technologies that developed from research in MSE.

Most almost all fields of engineering are concerned with materials, but only the field of materials science and engineering focuses directly on them.

Inductive coupled plasma of O2/N2/Ar gas mixture for thin film processing.

(Courtesy of Prof. Kuo-Feng Chiu)



About DMSE (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

The Department was founded in 1981. The Department has one chair professor, 10 full professors, 4 associate professors and 2 assistant professors. All faculty members have PhD degrees. About 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students are currently enrolled. Our teaching and research missions are aimed at various areas of materials science and engineering such as advanced processing technologies and materials characterization. The University is located at Taichung City, where there are a number of major machinery companies and high-tech manufacturers. We conduct over 20 research programs a year in cooperation with the National Science Council, various government research institutes and private corporations.

FCU's Department of Materials Science and Engineering is known as one of the leading department of its field, based on its academic program, its highly regarded faculty, and the hard-working students.

DMSE has its record of pioneering advanced materials engineering technologies in Taiwan, due to its ability to relate new developments and advances technologies to industry.

These experiences of academic-industrial collaboration are then incorporated in current teaching and research programs. The faculty of DMSE researches into a wide range of materials related topics from the pure science to applied technologies and involves different perspectives of chemistry, physics, biology, electronics and mechanics of materials, design, and entrepreneurial ventures. Interests within the DMSE span from high performance alloys, microelectronics to energy materials. There is a rich variety of problems of vital importance to these fields. The Department has the theoretical and experimental resources available to attack these scientific and engineering issues successfully.




At FCU, research is carried out in all areas of materials science and engineering. There are more than 50 research projects involving DMSE faculty which are supported by an average of 60 million NT annually. A large portion of this support comes from government grants (from all branches of the National Science Council, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, various National Foundations, and the private corporations across greater China region).

Some recent national scale research projects are:

▪ National Energy Project- Materials interfaces technologies for lithium ion batteries. ▪ National soft electronics project- Flexible PV-LIB components for portable electronics.

▪ Key materials development of PEM fuel cells

▪ Integration and miniature application of electrochemistry and plasma technology

▪ Application of nano-materials on absorption and shield of electromagnetic wave

▪ Development of key materials of PEMFC-Research of homebred gas diffusion layer

▪ Investigations and applications of nanomaterials used in electromagnetic wave absorbing/shielding

▪ Surface adsorption of nanomaterials in applications for gas sensor and catalysts

▪ Nano-confined phase transformation

▪ Integrated studies between nano-imprinted ultra-low-k dielectrics and sub-100-nm Cu interconnects for deep sub-technology nodes