The Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics
Established in the Spring of 1992 as a research unit within the University of Delaware’s Department of Chemical, the Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET) serves as a focal point stimulating collaborative experimental and theoretical research and encouraging the development of new educational materials in all areas of thermodynamics, soft materials and structured and complex fluids.
CMET’s fourteen faculty members include Professors Eric Furst (Director of CMET), Antony Beris, Thomas Epps, Arthi Jayaraman, Christopher Kloxin, Abraham Lenhoff, Christopher Roberts, Stanley Sandler, and Norman Wagner from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who bring together a wide range of theoretical and experimental capabilities in thermophysical properties, separation processes, nanomaterials, polymer physics, interfacial phenomena, rheology, and molecular and meso-scale simulations. Professors Doug Doren in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Krzysztof Szalewicz in Physics bring expertise in computational chemistry and quantum mechanics. Professors Kristi Kiick, Michael Mackay, and Darrin Pochan of Materials Science and Engineering lead the development of new biomaterials, bio-inspired materials via self-assembly, new composites and organic photovoltaics.
CMET’s graduate students, many of whom hold NSF, NASA and other nationally competitive fellowships, are an integral part of the Center’s research team. In addition, CMET’s researchers include post doctoral fellows and research professionals who bring experience and expertise from leading scientific institutions around the world.
CMET faculty, students and post doctoral scientists carry out their research in collaboration with and through the support of industrial and governmental sponsors. Current Center funding includes several multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the Delaware Research Partnership Fund as well as a large contingent of industrial contracts, with budgets totaling over $6 million. Importantly, CMET also receives direct support from its industrial sponsors, which, among other things, helps to enable the purchase and maintenance of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
The Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics welcomes inquiries from prospective students, researchers and sponsors.