City College of New York (CCNY), the Engineering
and Science Flagship of the City University of New York, and Columbia
University invite applicants for doctoral research fellowships for
the study of Multiscale Phenomenon in Soft Materials. This unique
interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in soft materials is made possible
by a National Science Foundation
Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
Soft materials are organic media that organize on supramolecular
length scales via weak associative interactions. Examples include
thin polymeric films for sensors, organic blends for electronic
displays, and natural and artificial tissue, spanning the range
from complex fluids to soft solids. Soft materials are intrinsically
multi-scale, from molecular to macroscopic, and interfaces play
a vital role in properties and performance. A stunning variety of
structures and morphologies can emerge, enabling a wide range of
new technologies, and all scales impact processing and use.
Engineering and Science faculty members at City College and Columbia
University, neighboring institutions in upper Manhattan, are active
in teaching and research in the area of soft materials. We have
combined our efforts to create a unique interdisciplinary program.
Our vision is a PhD program in soft materials that will bring together
students and faculty from the engineering and natural sciences,
each reinforcing the core of the traditional discipline with an
interdisciplinary coursework and research experience that encompasses
the scope of today’s problems in soft materials and provides the
intellectual foundation for addressing the problems of the future.
The Ph.D. program is built around joint seminars, an industrial
internship, collaborative thesis research, and a core of joint course
offerings, including two laboratory courses. Each student will be
registered in an appropriate academic department at CCNY or Columbia;
the CCNY faculty are associated with the Benjamin Levich Institute
for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics. The IGERT core, half of which
will be taught on each campus, will be taken in addition to the
core disciplinary requirements in the student’s major department.
The soft materials courses are consistent with the Ph.D. elective
requirements of the participating academic departments. The central
feature that is characteristic of all of the research programs is
how multiple time and length scales in soft materials interact to
determine the ultimate properties.