Materials Science & Engineering

  • ENG MS 500: Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Specific prerequisites vary according to topic.
    Coverage of a specific topic in materials science and engineering. Subject varies from year to year and is generally from an area of current or emerging research.
  • ENG MS 503: Kinetic Processes in Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in materials science and engineering.
    Kinetics of mass transport, continuum and atomistic approaches, chemical diffusion; kinetics of chemical reactions, kinetics of adsorption and evaporation; nucleation and growth; solidification; spinodal decomposition; coarsening; martensitic transformations; order-disorder reactions; point defects and their relation to transport kinetics. Meets with ENGME503; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 504: Polymers and Soft Materials
    An introduction to soft matter for students with background in materials science, chemistry, and physics. This course covers general aspects of structures, properties, and applications of soft materials such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, amphiphiles, gels, and biomaterials. Emphasis on chemistry and forces related to molecular self-assembly. Topics include forces, energies, kinetics in material synthesis, growth and transformation; methods for preparing synthetic materials; formation, assembly, phase behavior, and molecular ordering of synthetic soft materials; structure, function, and phase transition of natural materials such as nucleic acids, proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids; techniques for characterizing the structure, phase and dynamics of soft materials; application of soft materials in nanotechnology. Meets with ENG BE and ME 504; students may not receive credit for both. Meets with BE 504 and ME 504
  • ENG MS 505: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in Thermodynamics.
    The laws of thermodynamics; general formulation and applications to mechanical, electromagnetic and electromechanical systems; thermodynamics of solutions, phase diagrams; thermodynamics of interfaces, adsorption; defect equilibrium in crystals; statistical thermodynamics, including ensembles, gases, crystal lattices, and phase transitions. Same as ENGME505; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 507: Process Modeling and Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 307 and CAS MA 226; or equivalent coursework and permission of the instructor. Senior or graduate standing in engineering.
    An introduction to modeling and control as applied to industrial unit processes providing the basis for process development and improvement. Major themes include an integrated treatment of modeling multi-domain physical systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid, thermal), application of classical control techniques, and system design. Topics include modeling techniques, analysis of linear dynamics, control fundamentals in the time and frequency domain, and actuator selection and control structure design. Examples drawn from a variety of manufacturing processes and case studies. Meets with ENGME507. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 508: Computational Methods in Materials Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG MS 503 and ENG MS 505; Or ENGME503 and ENGME505
    Introduction to computational materials science. Multi-scale simulation methods; electronic structure, atomistic, micro-structure, continuum, and mathematical analysis methods; rate processes and rare events. Materials defect theory; modeling of crystal defects, solid micro-structures, fluids, polymers, and bio-polymers. Materials scaling theory: phase transition, dimensionality, and localization. Perspectives on predictive materials design. Same as CAS CH 455, GRS CH 572, ENG ME 508; students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 523: Mechanics of Biomaterials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 and ENG ME 305.
    Covers the chemical composition, physical structure, and mechanical behavior of engineering materials and the tissues they sometimes replace. Study of materials classes; materials selection; deformation of an elastic solid; yield and fracture; fundamentals of viscoelastic phenomena such as creep, stress relaxation, stress rupture, mechanical damping, impact; effects of chemical composition and structure on mechanical properties; methods of chemical property evaluation. Fracture and fatigue. Influences of plastics fabrication methods on mechanical properties. Emphasis on recent research techniques and results. Discussion of practical matters in medical device design including regulatory approvals, sterilization, packaging and quality control. Students will complete a semester-long design project.
  • ENG MS 524: Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 301 ; ENG ME 302 ; ENG ME 305 ; ENG ME 309 ; CAS MA 242; or equivalent
    The course is structured around classical topics in mechanics of materials and their application to study of the mechanical behavior of skeletal tissues, whole bones, bone-implant systems, and diarthroidal joints. Topics include: mechanical behavior of tissues, (anisotropy, viscoelasticity, fracture and fatigue) with emphasis on the role of the microstructure of these tissues; structural properties of whole bones and implants (composite and asymmetric bean theories); and mechanical function of joints (contact mechanics, lubrication, and wear). Emphasis is placed on using experimental data to test and to develop theoretical models, as well as on using the knowledge gained to address common health related problems related to aging, disease, and injury. Meets with ENG ME 524 and ENG BE 524. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 526: Simulation of Physical Processes
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing in the engineering, physics, or the chemistry disciplines, or consent of instructor.
    Modern simulation methods are covered for describing and analyzing the behavior of realistic nonlinear systems that occur in the engineering and science disciplines. By developing and applying such methods and tools, much deeper understanding, insight, and control of novel technologies can be gained, thereby often greatly aiding technology development, and sometimes providing the leverage to turn a novel technology into a practical reality. Advanced numerical methods are covered for attacking nonlinear partial differential equations. Key aspects of the finite element method. Extensive use is made of the modern computational tools Maple and Scientific Workplace. Examples including problems in micro- and nanoelectronics, bioengineering, material science, photonics, and physics are introduced and related to sensing instrumentation and control. Meets with ENGME526. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 527: Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 304; or equivalent or consent of instructor
    Introduction to momentum, heat and mass transport phenomena occurring in various processes. Whereas transport phenomena underlie many processes in engineering, agriculture, meteorology, physiology, biology, analytical chemistry, materials science, pharmacy and other areas, they are key to specific applications in diverse areas such as materials processing, green manufacturing of primary materials, biological membranes, fuel cell engineering, synthesis of clean fuels. This course covers three closely related transport phenomena: momentum transfer (fluid flow), energy transfer (heat flow) and mass transfer (diffusion). The mathematical underpinnings of all three transport phenomena are closely related and the differential equations governing them are frequently quite similar. Since in many situations the three transport phenomena occur together, they are presented and studied together in this course. Meets with ENGME27. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 530: Introduction to Micro- and Nano-mechanics of Solids
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 313 or CAS PY 354 or ENG ME 307 or ENG ME 309; or equivalent or consent of instructor
    Mechanics and physics of solids at the nanometer scale: introductory graduate level course for students with background in undergraduate engineering mechanics (or solid state physics) and mathematics. Review of continuum solid mechanics fundamentals. Introduction to dislocation theory. Continuum elastic theory of dislocations. Mechanics of thin films. Review of fundamentals of solid state physics. Electron motion in a periodic potential. Derivative of bulk material properties from free-electron and free-atom models. Phonons. Introduction to atomistic computational methods. Meets with ENGME530. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 535: Green Manufacturing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Senior/graduate standing; CASCH101 or CASCH131; CASMA226; ENGME304 orENGEK424; ENGME465 or ENGME529; or consent of instructor.
    Provides a systems view of the manufacturing process that aims to efficiently use energy, water, and raw materials to minimize air and water pollution and generation of waste per unit of the manufactured product. Specifically, the course will discuss methods to maximize yield and minimize waste effluents in processes, ways to devise treatment strategies for handling manufacturing wastes, innovative ways to decrease energy consumption in manufacturing, by- product use and product recycling, and policies that encourage green manufacturing. Same as ENG ME 535. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 539: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
    MS539 is an introductory graduate level course in Materials Science and Engineering. It is intended for students who wish to be introduced to the basics of why materials behave the way they do. It covers topics such as atomic bonding, why and how solids form and their structures, phase transitions, phase diagrams, electronic/magnetic/optical/thermal properties of materials, materials processing and how it influences their properties, ceramics, polymers, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glasses and societal concern in the use and re-use of materials.
  • ENG MS 545: Electrochemistry of Fuel Cells and Batteries
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG MS 505.
    Topics covered include Fundamental Electrochemistry of solid-state materials as well as aqueous and non-aqueous systems including molten salts. Thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode reactions and associated mass transport in electrochemical systems. Measurements techniques (dc polarization, ac impedance spectroscopy, blocking electrodes, etc.) used in characterizing electrochemical systems. Design of devices including fuel cells, batteries, and sensors. Electrochemical processes including membrane separation and electrolysis. Same as ENG ME 545. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 549: Structure and Function of the Extracellular Matrix
    This is an introductory course dealing with the detailed structure of the basic units of the extracellular matrix including collagen, elastin, microfibrils and proteoglycans as well as the functional properties of these molecules. The focus is mostly on how the structure of these components determine the functional properties such as elasticity at different scales from molecule to fibrils to organ level behavior. The biological role of these components and their interaction with cells is also covered. Interaction ofenzymes and the matrix in the presence of mechanical forces is discussed. Mathematical modeling is applied at various length scales of the extracellular matrix that provides quantitative understanding of the structure and function relationship. Special topics include how diseases affect extracellular matrix in the lung, cartilage and vasculature. The relevance of the properties of native extracellular matrix for tissue engineering is also discussed. Same as ENG BE 549 and ENG ME 549. Students may not receive credit for both.
  • ENG MS 555: MEMS: Fabrication and Materials
    This course will explore the world of microelectromechanical devices and systems (MEMS). This requires an awareness of design, fabrication, and material issues involved in MEMS. The material will be covered through a combination of lectures, case studies, and individual homework assignments. The course will cover design, fabrication technologies, material properties, structural mechanics, basic sensing and actuation principles, packaging, and MEMS markets and applications. The course will emphasize MEMS fabrication and materials. Same as ENG ME 555. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 573: Solar Energy Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG EK 408; Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. ENG EC471 is suggested.
    This course is designed for first-year graduate and senior undergraduate students from engineering disciplines and is intended to educate students in the design and application of solar energy technology. It will focus on fundamentals of solar energy conversion, solar cells, optical engineering, photoelectrochemical cells, thermoelectric generators, and energy storage and distribution systems. The course covers solar energy insolation and global energy needs, current trends in photovoltaic energy engineering, solar cell material science, design and installation of solar panels for residential and industrial applications and connections to the national grid and cost analysis of the overall system. In addition, basic manufacturing processes for the production of solar panels, environmental impacts, and the related system engineering aspects will be included to provide a comprehensive state-of-the art approach to solar energy utilization. Same as ENG EC 573. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 574: Physics of Semiconductor Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 313 or ENG EC 410; or equivalent
    This course teaches the relevent notions of quantum mechanics and solid state physics necessary to understand the operation and the design of modern semiconductor devices. Specifically, this course focuses on the engineering aspects of solid state physics that are important to study the electrical and optical properties of semiconductor materials and devices. Particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of the electronic structure of semiconductor bulk systems and low-dimensional structures, the study of the carrier transport properties and the calculation of the optical response that are relevant to the design and optimization of electronics and photonics semiconductor devices. The students will learn to apply the quantum mechanical formalism to the solution of basic engineering device problems (quantum wells, wires, and dots, 2D electron gas) and to perform numerical calculation on more complex systems (band structure calculation of bulk and low dimensional systems). Same as ENG EC 574. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 576: Nanomanufacturing and Hierarchical Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: ENG ME 304 ; ENG ME 305 ; ENG ME 306; Senior, or graduate standing
    Nanoscale materials are often celebrated as having unique properties that exceed their bulk counterparts. However, leveraging such nanoscale materials as components in bulk materials is challenging as it requires (1) making enough material to be relevant on bulk scales and (2) incorporating nanomaterials at a bulk scale in amannerso as to maximize their effect. The structural ordering of these nanomaterials can range from disordered, as in the case of nanocomposites, to highly ordered, as is generally the case in metamaterials. This course is designed to communicate he state-of-the-art, challenges, and opportunities of constructing hierarchical materials with nanoscale constituents. Same as ENG ME 576. Students may not receive credits for both.
  • ENG MS 577: Electronic Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 313; or equivalent, ENG EC 574 suggested.
    This course in intended to develop an in depth knowledge of solid state concepts that are important for students in the areas of material science and electrical engineering. Specifically, this course focuses on the study of different apsect of solid state physics necessary to study technologically relevant crytalline and amorphous systems. Particular enphasis is placed on the study of the crystal structure, crystal diffraction and the related techniques used as diagnostic tools; the electronic, thermal, optical and magnetic properties of material systems important for electronics and photonics device applications. Furthermore the course will also consider the theory of superconductivity, the chemistry aspcts of solid state materials and will provide an introduction to solid state biophysics. This course complements EC 574 (Physics of semiconductor material) and EC575 (semiconductor devices) with its focus on technologically relevant structural, optical, thermal and magnetic material properties. Meets with ENG EC 577. Students may not receive credit for both.