Department of Materials Science & Engineering

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry IFundamental concepts of chemistry including atomic structure, history of the atom, development of the periodic table, nuclear chemistry, chemical nomenclature and formula, types of reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, liquids and solids, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases.

General Chemistry II

General Chemistry IITopics include: thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry, and introductions to nuclear, main group organic, and biochemistry.

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineeringhis course establishes a foundation in materials science and nanoscience, and how these fields are related to modern materials, environmental issues, energy production, medicine and health, computing, communications, and ethical issues.

Materials Laboratory I

Materials Laboratory IAn introductory laboratory in relationships between the structure and properties of materials. Experiments involve materials processing and characterization by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and optical microscopy.

Materials Laboratory II

Materials Laboratory IIIntroduction to experimental methods in materials transport properties measurements: electrical, thermal, magnetic. Emphasis on structure—processing—properties relationship.

Materials Processing Laboratory

Materials Processing LaboratoryThis course focuses on hands-on experience in depositing thin films, patterning surfaces with hotolithography,etching surfaces, and doping materials. A variety of materials processing methods will be explored, with some characterization of prepared materials using various instruments.

Mechanics of Materials

Mechanics of MaterialsOverview of Mechanical Behavior, Elastic Behavior, Dislocations, Plastic Deformation, Strengthening of Crystalline Materials, Composite Materials, High Temperature Deformation of Crystalline Materials, Permanent Deformation of Noncrystalline Materials, Tensile Fracture at Low Temperatures, Engineering Aspects of Fracture, High Temperature Fracture, Fatigue, Embrittlement, and Experimental determination of Mechanical Properties including Hardness of Metals and Strength of Metals, Polymers, Ceramics and Composites.

Magnetic Materials

Magnetic MaterialsThis course introduces the student to intrinsic properties of magnetic materials including magnetic dipole moments, magnetization, exchange coupling, magnetic anisotropy and magnetostriction. This is followed by discussion of extrinsic properties including magnetic hysteresis, frequency dependent magnetic response and magnetic losses

Materials Science & Engineering of Ceramics

Materials Science & Engineering of CeramicsIntroduces basic concepts such as crystal chemistry, defect chemistry and ternary phase equilibria which can also be used to illustrate the various types of advanced ceramics (superconductors; superionic conductors; dielectrics including ferroelectrics; optical materials; high temperature structural materials; etc.) and allow an understanding of their behaviors.

Materials Science & Engineering of Polymers

Materials Science & Engineering of PolymersThis course introduces students to the broad spectrum of issues associated with the use, manufacturing and processing of polymers, which includes addressing issues of blending of materials, design and production of a polymer formulation and the characterization of material properties.

Thermodynamics of Materials

Thermodynamics of MaterialsTreatment of the laws of thermodynamics and their applications to equilibrium and the properties of materials.

Transport Phenomena in Materials

Transport Phenomena in MaterialsThis course is designed to allow the student to become familiar with the fundamental principles of heat flow, fluid flow, mass transport and reaction kinetics.

Materials Characterization

Materials CharacterizationThe course introduces the modern methods of materials characterization, including characterization of microstructure and microchemistry of materials. A classroom component of the course will introduce the wide array of methods and applications of characterization techniques.

Crystal Chemistry and Structure of Materials

Crystal Chemistry and Structure of MaterialsTopics covered include: the periodic table of the elements, bonding in different classes of materials, Bravais lattices, unit cells, directions and planes, crystal geometry computations, direct and reciprocal space, symmetry operations, point and space groups, nature of x-rays, scattering in periodic solids, Bragg's law, the structure factor, and the interpretation of experimental diffraction patterns.

Introduction to Nanomaterials

Introduction to NanomaterialsThe course is an exploration of materials whose structure places them at the boundary between small objects and large molecules. Having characteristic dimensions in the range of 1-100 nanometers, these materials are difficult to synthesize and characterize but are nevertheless at the forefront of science and technology in many fields.

Computational Methods in Materials Science

Computational Methods in Materials ScienceThis course develops the methods to formulate basic engineering problems in a way that makes them amenable to computational/numerical analysis. The course will consist of three main modules: basic programming skills, discretization of ordinary and partial differential equations, and numerical methods.

Opto-Electronic Devices

Opto-Electronic Devices The goal of the course is to familiarize the students with basic as well as state of the art knowledge of some technologically relevant topics in materials engineering and applied physics. The topics include dielectric/ferroelectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors, and optical materials.

Soft Materials

Soft MaterialsAn introduction covering fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and engineering of soft materials. Topics include synthesis and processing of polymers and other soft materials, structure-property relationships of amorphous materials, and advanced materials.

Composites and Nanocomposites

Composites and NanocompositesThe topics include a review of all classes of engineering materials, an in-depth analysis of micro and macro mechanical behavior including interactions at the two-phase interfaces, modeling of composite morphologies for optimal microstructures, material aspects, cost considerations, processing methods.

Smart Materials

Smart MaterialsThe course will provide a fundamental understanding of ferroic materials, ferromagnets, ferroelectric materials, shape memory alloys and multiferroic materials that are simultaneously ferromagnetic and ferroelectric etc.
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