materials science theory Engineering/Physical Sciences Research Area uri icon

research area of

  • Hennig, Richard G., Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E)
  • Stewart, Derek A., Senior Research Associate, Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF)
  • Thompson, Mike, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E)


  • In materials science, theory is a category that spans the calculation of properties ranging from atomic interactions to molecular structure to nano- and micro- structure, to finite element modeling of macroscopic materials. Theory includes analysis, computation and simulation. Cornell has extensive infrastructure to support computation-based research, and its culture of collaboration is especially conducive to productive interactions between theory and experiment.