Chemical Physics - Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences
Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program
Liquid Crystal and Materials Science Building
Kent Campus
330-672-2654
www.kent.edu/cpip


Description

The Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program at Kent State University provides graduate students with extensive scientific training, cutting-edge research opportunities and engineering skills necessary for a variety of careers in the academy and in industry. Program faculty and students conduct research in Kent State's Liquid Crystals Institute in liquid crystal synthesis and molecular design, liquid crystal materials and properties, lyotropic liquid crystals and bio-related materials, optoelectronics, and nanoscience and nanotechnologies. These important research foci are inherently interdisciplinary.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement and two letters of recommendation. Submission of GREs (general and subject test–physics or chemistry) is not required, but strongly recommended. Admission will be granted by examination of the student's background on an individual basis. Students from a variety of undergraduate majors, such as physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science are invited to apply to the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 74 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 50 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Develop an advanced understanding of the fundamental science of liquid crystals and ability to apply acquired knowledge of physical and chemical properties of soft materials in achieving understanding of novel phenomena in liquid crystals.
  2. Gain experience in presenting scientific data in research publications, articles, posters and oral presentations.
  3. Apply acquired knowledge to the discovery of new liquid crystal effects, new liquid crystal materials and development of liquid crystal based devices and applications.
 
 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-PHD-CPHY]

Major Requirements
CPHY 72241SOFT MATTER 3
CPHY 72335ADVANCED LIQUID CRYSTALLINE AND POLYMERIC MATERIALS 4
CPHY 72450LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS I: THEORY 2
CPHY 72452LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS II: OPTICAL SYSTEMS 2
CPHY 72460LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIALS SCIENCE 2
CPHY 72462LIQUID CRYSTAL SCIENCE: PHYSICAL PROPERTIES 3
CPHY 74491SEMINAR: LIQUID CRYSTALS 14
CPHY 80199DISSERTATION I 230
Approved Elective Coursework, including research40
Minimum Total Credit Hours:90
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One credit hour per semester over 4 semesters

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Dissertation:

  •  Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for CPHY 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter CPHY 80299, each semester, including one term each summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.
  • A prospectus of the dissertation research project is required for all Ph.D. candidates.The prospectus is prepared jointly with the student’s dissertation advisor. The prospectus must be approved by the members of the student’s dissertation committee.
  • A dissertation presenting and interpreting results of original research is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The areas of research are outlined under the various concentrations. Following acceptance of the dissertation by the dissertation committee, the final degree requirement is the satisfactory completion of the final oral exam (defense of dissertation) in front of a committee of graduate Chemical Physics faculty and representatives from other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate--20 credit hours of core courses, 40 credit hours of elective courses and 30 credit hours of dissertation. The choice of electives must be approved by the student's faculty advisor. If a required core course is not available, an equivalent course may be substituted with permission of the graduate coordinator.

Candidacy

In addition to satisfying the course and computer language requirements, the student must pass the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program candidacy examination. The examination will cover material in the core courses of the chemical physics program. A student may make two attempts at passing the examination. If the student fails the second attempt, he/she will not be permitted to continue toward the doctoral degree but may complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree. The student’s first attempt at candidacy should come following the first year of study. In exceptional cases, a student may defer taking the candidacy examination until the beginning of the third year of graduate study.