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UMass PSE Graduate Program

We provide a broad education, spanning core principles in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials science, and engineering - defining the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship and community.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec

    Yan Cong

    New Isomeric Silicones: Synthesis, Compositions and Surface Properties Advised by: Thomas McCarthy
    Dissertation Defense
  • Dec

    Yao Wu

    Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Active layers, Transport Layers and Morphology Advised by: Thomas Russell
    Dissertation Defense

Alumni Spotlight

Shruti Rattan '13 - Senior Engineer (R&D) at DuPont

I feel fortunate to have learned the fundamentals of polymer science from the exemplary faculty members of PSE during my first-year coursework. I continue to apply the scientific fundamentals I imbibed during my time there in my current role as a scientist at DuPont. The interdisciplinary nature of research at PSE covering a wide spectrum of topics in polymer physics, chemistry, and engineering equips graduate students with strong technical knowledge and a unique skill set that prepares them for successful careers both in academia and industry. Although Ph.D. students pursue their dissertation with a special focus on a topic in polymer chemistry/physics/engineering, graduates from PSE are groomed as versatile polymer scientists making them strong hires for the industry.

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