The following courses have been pre-approved as IMSE electives and are being offered for the Fall 2022 semester (list updated 6/16/22): 

Complete list of pre-approved IMSE PhD electives (pdf)

BME 479 – Biofabrication & Medical Devices- This course will cover materials design and modern manufacturing methods for biofabricated tissues and medical devices (with a particular emphasis on bioelectronic devices). Topics will include additive manufacturing and their materials requirements along with how these methods have evolved to use biomaterials and cells, such as bioprinting. State-of-the-art in vitro and implantable devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes will be discussed with emphasis on how their properties have advanced from developments in materials and manufacturing. Lecture material and assignments will draw from both current market devices and the clinical standard-of-care as well as ongoing research and recent scientific literature. All students will be placed on a waitlist. Registration will be split between undergraduate and graduate students. Prerequisite: BME 523 Biomaterials Science or equivalent biomaterials or materials science introductory course.

BME 523 – Biomaterials Science - An understanding of the interactions between biological systems and artificial materials is of vital importance in the design of medical devices. This course will introduce the principles of biomaterials science, unifying knowledge from the fields of biology, materials science, surface science, and colloid science. The course will be taught from the primary scientific literature, focusing on the study of protein/surface interactions and hydrogel materials.

BME 532 – Physics of Biopolymers and Bioinspired Polymers- This course will cover physics concepts from the statistical physics of polymers and polymer solutions to describe proteins, nucleic acids, and bioinspired polymers. Topics include statistical physics concepts, theoretical and numerical descriptions of polymers, applying these descriptions to biopolymers, the thermodynamics of polymer solutions, concepts of polymer dynamics, descriptions of polymeric materials and advanced topics in phase transitions and molecular design. The material will be fast-paced and involve rigorous mathematical descriptions, experimental design, interpretations of experimental data, and some numerical simulations. The course will be heavy on individual homework and team-based project work. Direct connections between concepts and modern topics in biology and biomaterials will be emphasized. Prerequisites: BME 320B or equivalent and a first course in transport phenomena.

Chem 580 – Special Topics in Physical Chemistry: NMR for Biological Solids - The course will cover theoretical and practical aspects of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Specific focus will be given to solid-state NMR and its application for studying amorphous biological solids. Prerequisites: undergraduate-level course in quantum mechanics (Chem 401)

EECE 504 - Aerosol Science and Technology - Fundamental properties of particulate systems - physics of aerosols, size distributions, mechanics and transport of particles: diffusion, inertia, external force fields. Visibility and light scattering. Aerosol dynamics - coagulation, nucleation, condensation. Applications to engineered systems: Nanoparticle synthesis, atmospheric aerosols, combustion aerosols, pharmaceutical aerosols. Prerequisites: EECE 301, ESE 318 and 319. (Prior to FL2015, this course was numbered: E63 518.)

EECE 505 Aquatic Chemistry- Aquatic chemistry governs aspects of the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals and nutrients, contaminant fate and transport, and the performance of water and wastewater treatment processes. This course examines chemical reactions relevant to natural and engineered aquatic systems. A quantitative approach emphasizes the solution of chemical equilibrium and kinetics problems. Topics covered include chemical equilibrium and kinetics, acid-base equilibria and alkalinity, dissolution and precipitation of solids, complexation of metals, oxidation-reduction processes, and reactions on solid surfaces. A primary objective of the course is to be able to formulate and solve chemical equilibrium problems for complex environmental systems. In addition to solving problems manually to develop chemical intuition regarding aquatic systems, software applications for solving chemical equilibrium problems are also introduced. Prerequisites: Chem 112A (Prior to FL2015, this course was numbered: E33 443/543.)

EPSc 569 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria - Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria treats basic equilibrium thermodynamics relevant to geological systems, including derivation of reaction log K as f(T,P) and activity-composition models for various minerals and co-existing gas/fluid phase. These principles are applied to calculation of phase diagrams for simple systems and interpretation of phase relations for more complex systems determined by experiment and topological constraints. Prerequisite: EPSc 352 or permission of graduate advisor.

ESE 436 Semiconductor Devices – (Check with IMSE Director of Graduate Studies BEFORE enrolling in this course) This course covers the fundamentals of semiconductor physics and operation principles of modern solid-state devices such as homo- or hetero-junction diodes, solar cells, inorganic/organic light-emitting diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors. These devices form the basis for today's semiconductor and integrated circuit industry. In additional to device physics, semiconductor device fabrication processes, new materials, and novel device structures will also be briefly introduced. At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the characteristics, operation, limitations and challenges faced by state-of-the-art semiconductor devices. This course will be particularly useful for students who wish to develop careers in the semiconductor industry. Prerequisite: ESE 232

MEMS 5102 - Materials Selection in Design- Analysis of the scientific bases of material behavior in the light of research contributions of the last 20 years. Development of a rational approach to the selection of materials to meet a wide range of design requirements for conventional and advanced applications. Although emphasis will be placed on mechanical properties, acoustical, optical, thermal and other properties of interest in design will be discussed.

MEMS 5507 - Fatigue and Fracture Analysis  - The course objective is to demonstrate practical methods for computing fatigue life of metallic structural components. The course covers the three major phases of metal fatigue progression: fatigue crack initiation, crack propagation and fracture. Topics include: stress vs. fatigue life analysis, cumulative fatigue damage, linear elastic fracture mechanics, stress intensity factors, damage tolerance analysis, fracture toughness, critical crack size computation and load history development. The course focus is on application of this technology to design against metal fatigue and to prevent structural failure.

MEMS 5601 - Mechanical Behavior of Material - A materials science based study of mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on mechanical behavior as affected by processes taking place at the microscopic and/or atomic level. The response of solids to external or internal forces as influenced by inter atomic bonding, crystal/molecular structure, crystalline/non crystalline defects, and material microstructure will be studied. The similarities and differences in the response of different kinds of materials viz., metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites will be discussed. Topics covered include physical basis of elastic, visco elastic, and plastic deformation of solids; strengthening of crystalline materials; visco elastic deformation of polymers as influenced by molecular structure and morphology of amorphous, crystalline, and fibrous polymers; deformation and fracture of composite materials; mechanisms of creep, fracture and fatigue; high strain-rate deformation of crystalline materials; and deformation of non crystalline materials.

MEMS 5605 - Mechanical Behavior of Composites - Analysis and mechanics of composite materials. Topics include micromechanics, laminated plate theory, hydrothermal behavior, creep, strength, failure modes, fracture toughness, fatigue, structural response, mechanics of processing, nondestructive evaluation, and test methods. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MEMS 5608 – Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering –Topics covered in this course are: the concept of long-chain or macromolecules, polymer chain structure and configuration, microstructure and mechanical (rheological) behavior, polymer phase transitions (glass transition, melting, crystallization), physical chemistry of polymer solutions (Flory-Huggins theory, solubility parameter, thermodynamics of mixing and phase separation), polymer surfaces and interfaces, overview of polymer processing (extrusion, injection molding, film formation, fiber spinning) and modern applications of synthetic and bio-polymers .

MEMS 5610 Quantitative Materials Science & Engineering - (PhD Core Course) Quantitative Materials Science and Engineering will cover the mathematical foundation of primary concepts in materials science and engineering. Topics covered are: mathematical techniques in materials science and engineering; Fourier series; ordinary and partial differential equations; special functions; matrix algebra; and vector calculus. Each will be followed by its application to concepts in: thermodynamics; kinetics and phase transformations; structure and properties of hard and soft matter; and characterization techniques. This course is intended especially for students pursuing graduate study in materials science.

MEMS 5612 – Atomistic Modeling of Materials - This course will provide a hands-on experience using atomic scale computational methods to model, understand and predict the properties of real materials. It will cover modeling using classical force-fields, quantum-mechanical electronic structure methods such as density functional theory, molecular dynamics simulations, and Monte Carlo methods. The basic background of these methods along with examples of their use for calculating properties of real materials will be covered in the lectures. Atomistic materials modeling codes will be used to calculate various material properties. Prerequisites: MEMS 3610 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

MEMS 5614 – Polymeric Materials Synthesis and Modification - Polymer is a class of widely used material. Polymer performance is highly dependent on its chemical properties. The goal of this class is to introduce methods for synthesis and modification of polymers with different chemical properties. The topics include free radical polymerization, reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization, step growth polymerization, cationic polymerization, anionic polymerization, ring-opening polymerization, and bulk and surface modification of polymers.

MEMS 5801 - Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems I- Introduction to MEMS: Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are ubiquitous in chemical, biomedical, and industrial (e.g., automotive, aerospace, printing) applications. This course will cover important topics in MEMS design, micro-/nanofabrication, and their implementation in real-world devices. The course will include discussion of fabrication and measurement technologies (e.g., physical/chemical deposition, lithography, wet/dry etching, and packaging), as well as application of MEMS theory to design/fabrication of devices in a cleanroom. Lectures will cover specific processes and how those processes enable the structures needed for accelerometers, gyros, FR filters, digital mirrors, microfluidics, micro total-analysis systems, biomedical implants, etc. The laboratory component will allow students to investigate those processes first-hand by fabricating simple MEMS devices.

Physics 463 - Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics- Introduction to MEMS: This course will discuss the thermodynamics of open and closed systems, kinetics and transport theory, and classical and quantum statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: Physics 217 or permission of instructor.