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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Courses

MSE 510 ELECTRICAL, OPTICAL, AND DIELECTRIC MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Physical principles underlying the electrical, dielectric and optical properties of modern solids. Crystalline and energy band structure of materials, thermal properties and electrical conduction in semiconductors and metals, dielectric response and optical behavior of solids are covered.

MSE 511 SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of the physical properties of semiconductors including electronic structure, free carrier statistics, optical properties, crystallography, and defects. Study of thermodynamic properties as related to lattice vibrations and diffusion.

MSE 512 MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS I (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of deformation and fracture in engineering materials, including elastic and plastic deformations; dislocation theory; alloy hardening and creep deformation; fracture mechanisms; linear elastic fracture mechanics; toughening of metals, ceramics, and composites; environmentally assisted failure.

MSE 513 MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS II (3-0-3)(F/S). Topics include fracture in different materials classes, time-dependent deformation behavior, mechanical behavior of polymers and other soft materials, deformation of natural materials and cellular solids, or mechanical behavior at the nanoscale.

MSE 514 MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to the phenomenon of magnetism. Basic magnetic properties of solid matter. Unit systems in magnetism. Magnetic anisotropy, magnetic domains, magnetic hysteresis, permeability, coercivity, and magnetostriction. Examples of magnetic materials.

MSE 519 INTERFACIAL KINETICS AND TRANSPORT PROCESSES (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Reaction kinetics and mass transport phenomena at materials interfaces important in materials processing and performance, including gas-solid, liquid-solid, and electrochemical processes. Emphasis on understanding fundamental mechanisms that control rates of reactions and mass transport. PREREQ: MSE 608.

MSE 521 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (2-2-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, including electron optics, contrast mechanisms, diffraction theory, chemical analysis techniques, and sample preparation.

MSE 522 ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (1-3-2)(F/S). In-depth understanding of the transmission electron microscope, electron diffraction, and imaging and analytical techniques. Students are required to have an approved project. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

MSE 523 INTRODUCTION TO X-RAY DIFFRACTION (1-2-1)(F/S). A practical introduction to the apparatus and technique of x-ray diffraction for crystalline materials in the form of bulk materials, powders, or films. Students are required to have an approved project. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

MSE 525 SURFACE ANALYSIS (3-0-3)(F/S). Fundamentals and techniques associated with a range of surface analysis methods including LEED/RHEED, SPM, SIMS, XPS, Auger, RBS or NAA.

MSE 527 POINT DEFECTS (3-0-3)(F/S). Point defects in materials, particularly focused on defect chemistry, notation, ionic/electronic disorder, mass/charge balance, and the influence of point defects on materials properties.

MSE 528 INTERFACES AND DISLOCATION BEHAVIOR (3-0-3)(F/S). Structure of interfaces as groups of line defects including dislocations, disconnections, and disclinations; application of general concepts to special situations including epitaxial interfaces, twin boundaries and phase transformations.

MSE 540 ADVANCED PROCESSING (3-0-3)(F/S). Science and engineering of processes used in the manufacture of advanced ceramics, metals, polymers and composites.

MSE 542 CERAMIC PROCESSING (3-0-3)(F/S). Science and engineering of fabricating ceramic materials primarily from powders. Fundamental principles of colloid chemistry, thermodynamics of curved surfaces, and sintering kinetics models, and processing techniques.

MSE 545 NANOSCALE PROCESSING (3-0-3)(F/S). Fundamental and applied aspects of current approaches to fabrication of nanoscale (<100nm) features, materials, and devices including chemical, physical, and biological methodologies.

MSE 550 NANOSCALE TRANSPORT (3-0-3)(F/S). Fundamental and applied treatment of photons, electrons, and phonons as energy carriers from the nanoscale (< 100 nm) to the macroscale. Topics include energy transport in the forms of waves and particles, carrier scattering processes, transport in low-dimensional systems, and experimental methods of transport measurements. Particular attention will be given to 2-dimensional materials and devices. PREREQ: PHYS 309 or PERM/INST.

MSE 561 MICROELECTRONIC PACKAGING MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Engineering analysis of electronic packaging materials and their effect on electrical design, assembly, reliability, and thermal management. Selection process for packaging materials, manufacturing and assembly, single and multi-chip packaging.

MSE 562 ENERGY MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Role of materials in sustainable energy including batteries and fuel cells, solar cells and solar fuels, thermoelectric, and wind energy with focus on fundamental principles and applications of functional energy materials. Includes discussion of energy and environmental issues and policies.

MSE 563 MATERIALS MODELING (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and application of computational techniques for modeling materials across length scales (nanometers to centimeters) and time scales (femtoseconds to minutes). Emphasis on stochastic techniques including molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.

MSE 564 COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and application of computational modeling and simulation to fundamentally understand structure-property-performance relationships in materials. Different length- and time-scale modeling techniques (e.g., first-principles quantum simulation, atomistic, mesoscale and continuum modeling), scientific programming, and visualization tools.

MSE 565 APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICA (1-0-1)(F/S). The basics of using Mathematica software to solve problems in materials science and engineering.

MSE 570 PHYSICAL METALLURGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Structure-property relationships with a focus on the formation of microstructures of alloys and the resulting mechanical properties. Fundamentals of annealing, spinodal decomposition, nucleation, growth, and coarsening. Role of defects in the formation of microstructures.

MSE 571 PHYSICAL CERAMICS AND GLASSES (3-0-3)(F/S). Structure- property and processing-property relations in crystalline and amorphous ceramic materials at the atomistic and microscopic levels.

MSE 573 PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS (3-0-3)(F/S). Physical properties of polymers with focus on their underlying physics and chemistry of chain structures, solution properties, glass transition, crystalline state, rubber elasticity, and viscoelasticity. Contemporary topics such as polymer composites and polymers for electronics, energy, and biomedical applications are also introduced.

MSE 574 SOFT MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Connects the principles of bonding and structure in polymers with the properties of soft materials. Inherent in these relationships are property perturbations caused by processing, as well as chemical and physical changes to soft materials that are induced by the environment in which the material is used.

MSE 577 (BIOL 577)(ME 577) BIOMATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory of biomaterials science. Medical and biological materials and their applications. Selection, properties, characterization, design and testing of materials used by or in living systems. May be taken for BIOL, ME or MSE credit, but only from one department. PREREQ: MSE 245 or CHEM 112.

MSE 578 SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (1-0-1)(F/S). Communication of research findings. Organization and composition of scientific research papers. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

MSE 588 BIOCOMPATIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory of environmental degradation of metals, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials. The scientific principles of materials degradation with emphasis on material interactions within a living organism.

MSE 601 GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION (1-0-1)(F/S). Orientation to the graduate student experience, requirements for the doctoral degree, and research practices including ethics, safety, research methods, and intellectual property. (Pass/Fail.)

MSE 602 SURVEY OF MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Application of the principles of chemistry and physics to the engineering properties of materials. Development of an in-depth understanding of the relationship between structure, properties, processing, and performance for all classes of materials.

MSE 605 CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY (4-0-4)(F/S). Bonding, atomic arrangements and crystal structures of metals, ceramics, electronic materials and polymers; electronic structure of solids; physical properties of solids; defects in solids; relationship between processing, microstructure and properties of materials.

MSE 608 SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS (4-0-4)(F/S). The laws of thermodynamics are applied to multicomponent, multiphase reacting systems, and other thermodynamic systems. These concepts are used to discuss and mathematically compute equilibrium phase diagrams. The energy effects due to the geometry of solid surfaces are discussed in regards to capillarity effects. Classical thermodynamics is related to atom-level distributions using statistical thermodynamics and the partition function. Electrochemical thermodynamics is discussed in the context of two-phase interfacial reactions.

MSE 618 PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS AND KINETICS (4-0-4)(F/S). Kinetics of phase transformations, nucleation, crystallization, decomposition, chemical reactions, and atomic and molecular diffusion. Surface and interface phenomenon, nanoparticle-matrix interactions, sintering, grain growth, recovery and recrystallization.

MSE 650 TEACHING EXPERIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Under the guidance of a faculty member, Doctoral candidates develop and teach an undergraduate course in Materials Science and Engineering. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

MSE 651 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE (1-6-2)(F,S). Support faculty member through providing teaching assistance including but not limited to holding office hours, teaching sections, and overseeing projects. Content includes basic pedagogy and teaching skills. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: PERM/INST.

Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.

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