Major: Advanced Functional Materials Engineering
Courses in Advanced Functional Materials Engineering are interdisciplinary studies offered jointly by the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics of Gdańsk University of Technology as part of Materials Engineering.
Materials Engineering is a field of science investigating relations between the structure and the properties of materials. This definition gives a special position to our field of science, due to the role of materials in the development of civilization, their variety and dynamic development in the last years of the 20th century. The domain is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature. It is a melting-pot combining physics and chemistry, mechanics and electronics creating a basis for spectacular engineering achievements at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. Materials Engineering has become an example how basic and applied sciences may be harmoniously combined to solve challenges and needs faced by the contemporary civilization. Materials Engineering is also distinguished by using computer methods and state-of-the-art information technologies. It is the use of those new tools that has made it possible to master technologies allowing synthesis of almost any materials.
At Gdańsk University of Technology instruction in the field of Materials Engineering is provided at the three above mentioned Faculties and on the basis of a three-year uniform curriculum. The essential purpose of that combined program is to learn the basics of the materials science within the scope necessary to master methods and technologies related to designing and making new advanced materials with the desired properties as well as diagnosing the state of materials used in industry.
Courses of study in Advanced Functional Materials Engineering are conducted by the staff of the Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics. The areas of study are semiconductor structures, glass, polymers and thin layers having semiconductor, superconductor, optical or magnetic properties. These are materials intended for prospective applications related to the development of new technologies in electronics, power engineering, machine-building industry and medicine. We also offer education in original methods of non-destructive tests for structural materials and methods of analysing and designing the state of materials and elements of structures using the latest simulation technologies (software integrated with CAD/CAM/CAE).
After completing the first degree studies, students may choose to pursue a master's degree (a three-semester course of study).
Materials Engineering graduates will find employment in chemical and machine-building plants, design offices, specialist industrial laboratories, construction industry, plastic industry and at universities of technology.
According to the Guinness Book of Records aerogels are the lightest materials in the world. Their volume contains over 99% of air and they are approx. 40 times better thermal insulators than mineral wool and foamed polystyrene. Such materials are investigated and generated by students studying Advanced Functional Materials as a major.