Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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MSEG 302 Materials Science for Engineers- 3 credits
Crystal binding and structure; energetics and structure of lattice defects; elasticity, plasticity, and fracture; phase equilibria and transformations; relations of structure and treatment to properties; structures of inorganic and organic polymers; and electronic and magnetic properties.

MSEG 366 Independent Study- 1-6 credits

MSEG 406 Corrosion and Protection- 3 credits
Degradation of structural materials through interaction with their environment. Electrochemical attack on alloys and its relation to metallurgic structure. Forms of corrosion including high temperature oxidation and biological effects. Corrosion monitoring and deterioration of polymers, concrete and advanced materials. Emphasis on materials selection and corrosion methods. PREREQ: CHEM103/104 or equivalent, MSEG302 or consent of instructor. Physical chemistry helpful

MSEG 410 Experimental Mechanics of Composite Materials- 3 credits
Study of the micromechanical and thermomechanical response of composite materials. Execution and assessment of experiments conducted to investigate strength and stiffness characteristics of composite materials.

MSEG 420 Career Survival Outside the University- 1 credit
Provides mechanisms to overcome cultural barriers existing between university and industrial cultures. Topics include leadership vs. management, professional and cultural ethics, individual responsibility vs. teamwork, and networking and mentorship in accomplishing career goals. Includes guest speakers from local industries, technical writing and oral communication exercises.

MSEG 425 Entrepeneurship and Risk: Meeting the Challenges- 3 credits
Deals with critical financial, legal, scientific and engineering issues confronted during initial planning stages of high technology start-up enterprise. Range of speakers from finance, marketing, engineering, law and early- and late-stage start-up companies provide perspective on challenges of launching new business venture. Work in cross-disciplinary teams to develop R&D strategic and business plan for new high tech product offering.

MSEG 441 Nanomaterials and Thin-Film Processes- 3 credits
Includes physical and chemical vapor deposition processes. Topics selected from vacuum science and technology, thin-film evaporation processes, discharges, pLasmas, ion-surface interactions, chemical vapor deposition, laser ablation, substrate surfaces and thin-film Nucleation, Epitaxy, film structure, characterization of thin-films and nanostructures, etc.

MSEG 443 Ethics in Nano-Science- 3 credits
Investigates the societal, environmental, and ethical issues that come out of rapid advances in nanotechnology. The current status of nanotechnology and basic concepts and theories of ethics are presented and overlaid to critically reflect on the future of responsible technological development in this area.

MSEG 446 Senior Research- 1-6 credits
Research general areas of materials science and/or engineering under the direction of a member of the materials science faculty or other faculty in science or engineering subject to the approval of the materials science chair. RESTRICTIONS: Open to seniors only. Science background required.

MSEG 460 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering- 3 credits
Explores the principles and methodologies of tissue engineering with polymeric biomaterials. Both biological and materials science concepts will be introduced. Specific topics include cell growth and differentiation, extracellular matrix composition and properties, polymerization methods, polymer characterization methods and mechanical properties, and drug delivery. RESTRICTIONS: Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of organic chemistry and biology prior to enrollment in this course.

MSEG 466 Independent Study – 1-6 credits

MSEG 470 Solar Energy- 3 credits
Considers the basics of solar energy utilization. Emphasis on photovoltaic systems, including inorganic and organic based systems, as well as hybrid solar cells, followed by consideration of passive and active usage such as solar thermal power. PREREQ: PHYS201 & PHYS310 or equivalent

MSEG 606 Corrosion and Protection – 3 credits
Degradation of structural materials through interaction with their environment. Electrochemical attack on alloys and its relation to metallurgical structure. Forms of corrosion including high temperature oxidation and biological effects. Corrosion monitoring and deterioration of polymers, concrete and advanced materials. Emphasis on materials selection and corrosion control methods. PREREQ: CHEM103/104 or equivalent, MSEG302 or permission of instructor. Physical chemistry helpful.

MSEG 608 Structure and Properties of Materials I – 4 credits
Introduces general principles of material structure and properties, including chemical and physical bonding, crystal structure, lattices, energy levels, and materials synthesis and chemistry. Introduces the fundamental structure and properties of polymer, solid state and composite materials. Includes a significant laboratory component. PREREQ: MSEG302 or equivalent.

MSEG 609 Structure and Properties of Materials II – 4 credits
Introduces mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic and biological properties of materials. Considers polymer, solid-state, and composite materials and discusses engineering of material properties via structure, composition, and processing. Includes a significant laboratory component. PREREQ: MSEG608

MSEG 610 Experimental Mechanics of Composite Materials – 3 credits
Study of the micromechanical and thermomechanical response of composite materials. Execution and assessment of experiments conducted to investigate strength and stiffness characteristics of composite materials.

MSEG 615 Mechanical Properties of Materials – 3 credits
Stress, strain, tensor notation and elementary elasticity. Plasticity and ductility based upon continuum mechanics. Ideal strength of crystalline, polymer and amorphous materials. Real materials: amorphous, polymers, ceramics, metals and composites. Dislocations, strengthening of solids. Mechanisms of fracture, fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and stress rupture. May be crosslisted with MEEG615. RESTRICTIONS: Requires graduate status.

MSEG 616 Chemistry and Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces – 3 credits
Fundamental and engineering aspects of metal, semiconductor, and oxide surfaces; their structure and defects, characterization, electronic properties, adsorption and reaction kinetics and thermodynamics. Applications to catalysis, microelectronics, and environment sensitive behavior. Crosslisted with CHEG616. PREREQ: CHEG342 and CHEM444. RESTRICTIONS: Open to seniors and graduate students only.

MSEG 620 Career Survival Outside the University – 1 credit
Provides mechanisms to overcome cultural barriers existing between university and industrial cultures. Topics include leadership vs. management, professional and cultural ethics, individual responsibility vs. teamwork, and networking and mentorship in accomplishing career goals. Includes guest speakers from local industries, technical writing and oral communication exercises.

MSEG 624 Practical Electron Microscopy – 3 credits
Basic theories and in-depth practical aspects of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, elemental analysis, and sample preparation techniques. Hands-on oriented. For some lab assignments, students can be accommodated to prepare and analyze real samples from their own research.

MSEG 625 Entrepreneurship and Risk: Meeting the Challenges – 3 credits
Deals with critical financial, legal, scientific and engineering issues confronted during initial planning stages of high technology start-up enterprise. Range of speakers from finance, marketing, engineering, law and early- and late-stage start-up companies provide perspective on challenges of launching new business venture. Work in cross-disciplinary teams to develop R&D strategic and business plan for new high tech product offering.

MSEG 630 Introduction to Science and Engineering of Polymer Systems – 3 credits
Provides an understanding of the science and engineering of macromolecules from a structure/property perspective. Topics include polymerization, chain structure and configuration, polymer size and shape, phase separation behavior, amorphous and crystalline state, glass-rubber transition, cross linking/rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, rheology polymer processing and mechanical behavior. May be crosslisted with CHEG600.

MSEG 640 APPLIED QUANTUM MECHANICS I – 3 credits
This course will focus on the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, such as Schroedinger¿s equation, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, operators, Dirac notation, quantum wells and tunneling, harmonic oscillators, perturbation theory and approximation methods, and the application of quantum mechanics in crystalline materials. PREREQ: MSEG 608 or equivalent

MSEG 641 Nanomaterials and Thin Film Processes – 3 credits
Includes physical and chemical vapor deposition processes. Topics selected from Vacuum Science and Technology, Thin-Film Evaporation Processes, Discharges, Plasmas, Ion-Surface Interactions, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Laser Ablation, Substrate Surfaces and Thin-Film Nucleation, Epitaxy, Film Structure, Characterization of Thin Films and nanostructures, etc. Crosslisted with PHYS641

MSEG 643 Ethics in Nanoscience – 3 credits
The course investigates the societal, environmental, and ethical issues that come out of rapid advances in nanotechnology. The current status of nanotechnology and basic concepts and theories of ethics are presented and overlaid to critically reflect on the future of responsible technological development in this area.

MSEG 650 Topics in Renewable Energy – 3 credits
Technical analyses of renewable energy systems, particularly solar and hydrogen. Determination of energy payback, application, and efficiency of energy systems, economics, and policy. Problem based learning, with students expected to complete several group project.

MSEG 660 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – 3 credits
This course covers the principles and methodologies of tissue engineering with polymeric biomaterials. Both biological and materials science concepts will be introduced. Specific topics include cell growth and differentiation, extracellular matrix composition and properties, polymerization methods, polymer characterization methods and mechanical properties, and drug delivery. RESTRICTIONS: Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of organic chemistry and biology prior to enrollment in this course.

MSEG 666 Special Problem – 1-12 credits

MSEG 670 Solar Energy- credits 3
Considers the basics of solar energy utilization. Emphasis on photovoltaic systems, including inorganic and organic based systems, as well as hybrid solar cells, followed by consideration of passive and active usage such as solar thermal power. PREREQ:: PHYS201 & PHYS310 or equivalent.

MSEG 803 Equilibria in Material Systems – credits 3
Classical thermodynamics of condensed systems (macroscopic description). Fundamental laws. Functions and equations of state. Equilibrium and stability criteria. Single component phase equilibrium, multi-component mixtures. Partial molar properties, non-ideal mixtures. Equilibrium in multi-phase, multi-component systems. Phase Rule. PREREQ: MSEG302 or Graduate Standing.

MSEG 804 – Kinetics in Material Systems – credits 3
Theory of reaction kinetics. Transport mechanisms in solids. Nucleation and spinodal decomposition. Interfacial attachment and migration. Transition state theory applied to diffusion and phase transformation. Elementary non-equilibrium thermodynamics and phenomenological equations in material transport and phase transformation. PREREQ: MSEG302 or Graduate Standing

MSEG 811 Advanced Topics in Materials – 1-3 credits
Discussion of a topic of current interest in the science or engineering of materials.

MSEG 817 Composite Materials – 3 credits
Introduction, thermoelastic behavior of laminated composites, statistical strength theories of continuous-fiber composites, short-fiber composites, hybrid composites, two-dimensional textile structural composites, three dimensional textile structural composites, flexible composites, and nonlinear elastic finite deformation of flexible composites. Crosslisted with MEEG817. PREREQ: MEEG610 or MEEG616 or MEEG617

MSEG 823 Transmission Electron Microscopy in Materials Science – 3 credits
Transmission electron microscope, lens defects and resolution. Diffraction and Kikuchi pattern formation and analysis. Image formation: kinematical and dynamical theories of electron diffraction. Burger’s vector and other fault analysis. Convergent beam and microdiffraction techniques. High resolution electron microscopy. May be crosslisted with CHEG823

MSEG 832 Principles of Polymerization – 3 credits
Provides background in the theoretical and synthetic considerations of polymer synthesis. Topics include theoretical descriptions of molecular weight distributions, step growth polymerizations, chain growth polymerizations, living polymerizations, as well as chemical strategies for the production of various polymers. Specialized topics in the current polymer chemistry literature may also be discussed.

MSEG 833 Polymer Synthesis and Characterization Lab – 3 credits
Provides direct laboratory experience with the synthesis of a variety of conventional polymers via step growth, radical, and ionic polymerization methods. Polymers synthesized are also characterized via common polymer characterization methods such as IR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, and NMR spectroscopy. PREREQ: MSEG832 COREQ: MSEG832

MSEG 835 Principles of Polymer Physics – 3 credits
Chain statistics, thermodynamics, and kinetics are discussed in the context of modern polymer physics characterization techniques, such as dynamic and static light scattering and elastic/inelastic neutron scattering.

MSEG 841 Solid State Materials I – 3 credits
Structure and properties of solid-state materials, including inorganic atomic structure and lattices, calculation of three-dimensional energy bands and band gaps, calculation of density of states, derivation of physical properties from the density of states, electronic properties of materials, models for approximating band structure and phonons. PREREQ: MSEG609 and MSEG640

MSEG 842 Solid State Materials II – 3 credits
Properties of solid-state materials, including magnetic properties, optical properties, electrical properties, scattering and tunneling transport. Introduction to semiconductor devices and low-dimensional structures. PREREQ: MSEG841

MSEG 860 Epitaxial Growth and Band Engineering – 3 credits
Fundamentals and recent developments in the growth of epitaxial films of electronic/optical materials and devices. Topics include vacuum technology, growth thermodynamics, heterojunction physics, materials characterization, and practical considerations. Focus on molecular beam epitaxy, but discuss complementary techniques. May be crosslisted with ELEG860

MSEG 866 Special Problem – 1-12 credits

MSEG 868 Research – 1-9 credits

MSEG 869 Master’s Thesis – 1-6 credits

MSEG 964 Pre-Candidacy Study – 3-12 PF
Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or qualifying examinations for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work. RESTRICTIONS: Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy.

MSEG 969 Doctoral Dissertation – 1-12 PF