Chemical Physics - Ph.D.
Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program
Liquid Crystal and Materials Science Building
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
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 website. Effective spring 2018.
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- Gain experience in presenting scientific data in research publications, articles, posters and oral presentations.
- Apply acquired knowledge to the discovery of new liquid crystal effects, new liquid crystal materials and development of liquid crystal based devices and applications.
|CPHY 72241||SOFT MATTER||3|
|CPHY 72335||ADVANCED LIQUID CRYSTALLINE AND POLYMERIC MATERIALS||4|
|CPHY 72450||LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS I: THEORY||2|
|CPHY 72452||LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS II: OPTICAL SYSTEMS||2|
|CPHY 72460||LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIALS SCIENCE||2|
|CPHY 72462||LIQUID CRYSTAL SCIENCE: PHYSICAL PROPERTIES||3|
|CPHY 74491||SEMINAR: LIQUID CRYSTALS 1||4|
|CPHY 80199||DISSERTATION I 2||30|
|Approved Elective Coursework, including research||40|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||90|
One credit hour per semester over 4 semesters
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.