Materials Science Electives


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The following courses have been pre-approved as IMSE electives and are being offered for the Fall 2020 semester: 


Complete list of pre-approved IMSE PhD Electives

 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.

Chem 426 – Inorganic Electrochemistry and Photochemistry- An understanding of electrochemical processes is critical in describing the behavior of batteries, photovoltaics, solar fuel systems, and other important devices used in energy conversion and environmental remediation. This course will cover modern inorganic electrochemistry, photochemistry, and photoelectrochemistry from a microscopic perspective of solid-electrolyte interfaces. The course material will start with the thermodynamics of solid-electrolyte interfaces and the kinetics of electron transfer across these interfaces. Electroanalytical techniques, such as cyclic voltammetry and potential step methods, will be described to understand the mechanism of various electrochemical and photochemical reactions. The second half of the course will cover several applications of electrochemical cells, including batteries, fuel cells, and photoelectrochemical cells. Prerequisites: Chem 461 or Chem 465 or consent of instructor.

EECE 502 – Advance Thermodynamics in EECE – (PhD Core Course) The objective of this course is to understand classical thermodynamics at a deeper level then is reached during typical undergraduate work. Emphasis will be placed on solving problems relevant to chemical engineering materials science. Prerequisite: E63 ChE 320 or E44 203 or equivalent.

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 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 5602 - Non-metallics- Structure, mechanical, and physical properties of ceramics and cermets, with particular emphasis on the use of these materials for space, missile, rocket, high-speed aircraft, nuclear, and solid-state applications.

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 – (PhD Core Course) 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 - 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 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 589 Selected Topics in Physics I: Quantum materials – from synthesis to characterization -  Quantum materials host some of the most fascinating phenomena in condensed matter physics, including high temperature superconductivity and topologically protected surface states. Understanding emergent phenomena in quantum materials will push the boundaries of fundamental physics and also potentially have applications in the new generation of electronic devices. In this course, we will highlight how a variety of experimental techniques can be used to elucidate quantum materials of contemporary interest, ranging from crystal synthesis methods to novel spectroscopic tools. The goal of this course is to expose students to key questions in this field, and have them become familiar with the widely used experimental methods.  Topics include: High-temperature superconductors, topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, topological superconductors, strongly correlated electron systems, single crystal synthesis methods, electric and thermal transport measurement, xray and neutron scattering, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy. This course is appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students with prior knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics.