Materials Science Electives


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The following courses have been pre-approved as IMSE electives and are being offered for the Spring 2019 semester: 


Complete list of pre-approved IMSE PhD Electives

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.

Chem 452 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
A course that describes various methods for the synthesis and characterization of polymers. Copolymers, control of architecture, polymer reactivity, polymer properties, structure/property relationships, and applications of polymers will be discussed. Current topics of interest from the recent literature will also be covered. Prerequisite: Chem 252 or permission of the instructor.

Chem 543 Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures
This course will explore the physical properties of semiconductor nanomaterials with dimensions that are small enough to give rise to quantum-confinement effects. These effects strongly influence the electronic structures, absorption/emission behavior, and charge-carrier dynamics within quantum wells, rods, wires, dots, and nanotubes. The course begins with an overview of the electronic structure of bulk semiconductors. The theoretical and experimental bases for quantum-confinement effects, which are of considerable fundamental and applied interest, will then be developed. A significant emphasis will be placed on the optical absorption and photoluminescence properties of semiconductor quantum nanostructures. Recent advances and observations as reported in the literature will be emphasized throughout the semester. Prerequisites: Chem 461 and Chem 465, or permission of the instructor. While the course is steered to graduate students in the Chemistry Department, Chemistry undergraduate students, graduate or undergraduate students in Physics, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science may also find this course valuable.

Chem 571 Quantum Chemistry
This course covers the development and application of quantum mechanics as applied to molecular structure and properties. Material to be discussed will include the fundamentals of quantum mechanics; representations; matrix formalisms; applications to model systems; perturbation theory; variational methods; many-electron wavefunctions; Hartree-Fock theory and post-Hartree Fock methods; density functional theory; additional topics and applications. Prereq: Chem 401.

EECE 574 Electrochemical Engineering
This course will teach the fundamentals of electrochemistry and the application of the same for analyzing various electrochemical energy sources/devices. The theoretical frameworks of current-potential distributions, electrode kinetics, porous electrode and concentrated solution theory will be presented in the context of modeling, simulation and analysis of electrochemical systems. Applications to batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, copper deposition will be explored. Pre/co-requisites: EECE 501-502 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor. (Prior to FL2015, this course was numbered: E33 589.)

EECE 576 Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis
This course reflects the fast, contemporary progress being made in decoding kinetic complexity of chemical reactions, in particular heterogeneous catalytic reactions. New approaches to understanding relationships between observed kinetic behaviour and reaction mechanism will be explained. Present theoretical and methodological knowledge will be illustrated by many examples taken from heterogeneous catalysis (complete and partial oxidation), combustion and enzyme processes. Prerequisite: senior or graduate student standing, or permission of instructor.

ESE 531 Nano and Micro Photonics  
This course focuses on theory, design, fabrication and application of photonic materials and micro/nano photonic devices. Interaction of light and matter, propagation of light in waveguide, nonlinear optical effect and optical properties of nano/micro structure, the device principles of silicon-based waveguide, filter, photodetector, modulator and laser devices. Prerequisite: ESE 330.

MEMS 5603 Materials Characterization Techniques I
An introduction to the basic theory and instrumentation used in transmission electron, scanning electron, and optical microscopy. Practical laboratory experience in equipment operations, experimental procedures, and material characterization.

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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

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 5613 Biomaterials Processing
Biomaterials with 3D structures are important for tissue regeneration. The goal of this class is to introduce various types of biomaterials and fabrication approaches to create 3D structures. The relationship between material properties, processing methods, and design will be the primary focus. The topics include degradable biomaterials for scaffold fabrication, processing of tissue engineering scaffolds, processing of tissue engineering hydrogels, processing of drug delivery systems, and scaffold surface modification.

Physics 472 Solid State Physics (Core PhD Option)
Crystal structures, binding energies, thermal properties, dielectrics, magnetism, free electron theory of metals, band theory, semiconductors, defects in solids. Prerequisite: Phys 471.

Physics 529 Statistical Mechanics
Gibbs' formalism of statistical mechanics and applications to thermodynamics. Quantum statistical mechanics and degenerate matter. General theory of equilibrium including phase transitions and critical phenomena. Interacting particles including non-ideal gases, ferromagnetism, and superconductivity. Transport theory, irreversible processes.

Physics 537 Kinetics of Materials (Core PhD Class)
A general discussion of phase formation and phase transformation in solids and liquids. Topics include equilibrium and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, equilibrium and metastable phase diagrams, nucleation and growth, spinodal transformations, diffusion and interface limited processes, shear type transformations and order/disorder transformations. Prerequisite: A background in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and solid state physics at the senior undergraduate level.

Physics 550 Solid State Physics II
Band magnetism and local moments, Ising models, electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, superconductivity.