Materials Science Electives


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The following courses have been pre-approved as IMSE electives and are being offered for the Fall 2018 semester: 


Complete list of pre-approved IMSE PhD Electives

 Chem 542 - Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry: The Chemistry of Energy Storage - Renewable sources of energy and hybrid vehicles have gained popularity due to the rising environmental crisis caused by the emission of greenhouse gases. Lucky for humans, both wind and solar energy can be captured, stored, and reused at a later time in order to power vehicles, portable electronics, and homes via electrochemical energy storage technologies. Furthermore, energy storage devices possessing extended cyclability capable of instantaneously delivering bursts of electricity, and featuring a high-power energy density, are ideal candidates for controlling interruptions in the transmission of electricity in grids. Not surprisingly, this field of study is very important to society and is the focus of research for a large and vibrant scientific community spanning globally across national laboratories, universities, and private industries. A key component that enables the development of state-of-the-art devices is the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials such as carbon allotropes, metal oxides, and conducting polymers. These nanostructured materials afford enhanced properties such as surface area, directional transport, and conductivity for increasing the efficiency of energy storage. This course will provide an introduction to current synthetic protocols and applications of nanostructured organic, inorganic, and composite materials typically utilized for storing energy. We will focus on the structure and property relationships that are desired for attaining state-of-the-art performance in both pseudocapacitive and capacitive materials. Material characterization via spectroscopy as well as via electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge curves, and electrochemical impedance will be a focus during discussions. Current trends in engineering for device fabrication will also be explored in order to understand how to develop energy storage technologies characterized by both high power density and high energy density.


Chem 562 Statistical Thermodynamics

Study of statistical mechanical methods and principles, and their connection to thermodynamics. Application to problems of chemical interest, including phase transitions, chemical equilibria, transport and diffusion, liquid structure, solvation, and reaction kinetics and equilibria. Modern computational methods will be reviewed and applied. Prerequisite: Chem 401 and 402 (or equivalent) or permission of the instructor.

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.


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 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 5604- Materials Characterization Techniques II- Introduction to crystallography and elements of X-ray physics. Diffraction theory and application to materials science including following topics: reciprocal lattice concept, crystal-structure analysis, Laue methods, rotating crystal methods, powder method, and laboratory methods of crystal analysis.

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.