5302 - Materials Extraction, Synthesis, and Processing (3-0)
Thermodynamic, thermochemical, electrochemical, kinetic, and phase equilibrium fundamentals and fundamental structures and properties of materials applied to examples of ferrous and non-ferrous extraction and processing. Examples include copper extraction, refinement, processing, alloying, and performance; iron and steel making and iron alloy processing, metal and ceramic powder processing, and contemporary materials synthesis and processing. Offered in alternate years.
5401 - Microstructural and Microchemical Characterization of Materials (3-3)
An interdisciplinary approach to the theory and applications of techniques for characterizing chemical (microchemical) and microstructural features of solid materials. Techniques that will be stressed include X-ray diffraction, optical metallography, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (emphasizing analytical transmission electron microscopy), electron probe microanalysis, surface and near surface microanalysis (Auger electron spectroscopy, ESCA, SIMS, etc.) sample preparation techniques will be covered and students will be encouraged to examine materials which may have some application to their research problems. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: MME 4413 or equivalent introductory background in topic areas, or instructor approval.
5403 - Advanced Concepts in Materials Science and Engineering (4-0)
A blend of contemporary solid state physics and chemistry emphasizing structure and properties including processing synthesis and performance, illustrated by various classes of materials: structural, electronic, magnetic, photonic, and superconducting. Fundamental issues and applications will include: crystal structure and crystal chemistry; disorder/order imperfections,; phase equilibria, phase diagrams, phase transformation; reaction rates, kinetics, thermodynamics; microstructures in processing and performance; materials design/materials by design.
5304 - Phase Transformations and Microstructures (3-0)
The theory of the nucleation and growth kinetics of solid materials, solid-solids transformations, and mechanisms. Rate processes, decomposition and ordering reactions, and microstructures. Diffusionless transformations, eutectoid and martensitic transformations are covered along with associated microstructural morphologies and property/performance control by microstructure control in materials.
Prerequisites: MME 3406, MME 3407, and MME 5401, or equivalent, or instructor approval.
5195 - Graduate Seminar (1-0)
Conferences and discussions of various, contemporary topics in metallurgical and materials engineering by faculty, graduate students, and speakers from industry, government, or other academic institutions or departments. The program is organized to encourage the development of communications skills at a professional level for graduate students. Required of all graduate students during each semester of full-time enrollment. Up to 3 credits can be applied to the degree.
5398 - Thesis (0-0-3)
Initial work on the thesis
5399 - Thesis (0-0-3)
Continuous enrollment required while work on the thesis continues
Prerequisite: MME 5398.
5396 - Graduate projects (0-0-3)
Initial work on the project. Individual research, design, or analysis on advanced phases of engineering problems conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The courses, including a written report, are required of all students in the non-thesis option.
5399 - Graduate projects (0-0-3)
Continuous enrollment required while work on the project continues. Individual research, design, or analysis on advanced phases of engineering problems conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The courses including a written report, are required of all students in the non-thesis option.
Prerequisite: MME 5396.
5340 - Advanced Failure Analysis (3-0)
An advanced study of structural failure processes to include topics in fracture mechanics, fatigue, and environmental assisted cracking. Analysis of failures using metallographic, electron microscopy, and microanalytic techniques will be covered. Fracture of specific materials: steels, nonferrous alloys, composites, and nonmetallics will be included.
5308 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3-0)
The underlying principles of elastic and plastic deformation of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composite materials will be developed. Topics include dislocation theory, slip, twinning, microstructures, and high and low temperature deformation behavior (tensile properties, creep, and fatigue) of crystalline and amorphous materials. Offered in alternate years
Prerequisite: MME 2303 or equivalent, or instructor approval.
5343 - Advanced Materials and Composites (3-0)
Properties and structures of composite materials and design of composite systems to yield desired combinations of properties. Metal, ceramic, and polymer composite systems as well as high-performance alloy systems or microcomposites. Applications of materials and composite fundamentals to manufacturing and processing. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: MME 5401, MME 5303 or equivalent, or instructor approval.
5344 - Interfacial Phenomena in Materials Systems (3-0)
Thermodynamics of solid interfaces and interfacial equilibria. Interfacial free energy concepts and measurements. Structure of interfaces: solid surfaces, grain boundaries, phase boundaries, and system interfaces. Properties of interfaces and their role in materials performance. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisites: MME 5401, MME 5303, MME 5304, and MME 5305 or equivalent, or instructor approval.
5372 - Advanced Optoelectronic Devices (3-0)
Theory and application of advanced photonic devices including injection lasers, photodiodes, infra-red detectors, solar cells, and electroluminescent displays.
Prerequisite: MASE 5371 or equivalent.
5390 - Special Topics in the Chemistry of Materials (3-0)
Synthesis of polymers and advanced materials by condensation, addition, and other types of polymerization. Solution methods of characterization. Solid state properties and their structural basis. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
5392 - Special Topics in Materials Engineering (3-0)
Selected topics in materials engineering including advanced materials and processes, structure and properties of advanced materials, advanced materials performance, etc. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Materials Science & Engineering (MASE) Core Courses
6103 - Instrumentation and Modeling Short Courses (0-1)
Each short course will provide detailed instruction and hands-on experience in the use of one instrument (TEM or SEM/EDS, or XPJ/LEEDS/Auger, etc.) or a cluster of related instruments (DTA and DSC and DMA, for example) or an advanced software package for modeling or simulation of materials.
6195 - Doctoral Research Symposium I & II (0-0-1)
MASE 6195 involves formal presentations and discussion by research students in the program (first year). Students make presentations and occasionally outside speakers make presentations on related topics to materials science and engineering.
6196 - Doctoral Research Symposium I & II (0-0-1)
MASE 6196 involves formal presentations and discussion by research students in the program (first year). MASE 6196, taken in subsequent semesters or years, where students make presentations and occasionally outside speakers make presentations on related topics to materials science and engineering.
Prerequisite: Take MASE 6195 first, then MASE 6196 at lease twice
6400 - Advanced Concepts in Materials Science and Engineering (4-0)
A blend of topics on contemporary solid state physics and chemistry emphasizing structure and properties including processing (synthesis) and performance, and illustrated by various classes of materials: structural, electronic, magnetic, photonic, and superconducting. Fundamental issues and applications will include: crystal structure and crystal chemistry; disorder/order imperfections; phase equilibria, phase diagrams, phase transformation; reaction rates, kinetics, thermodynamics; microstructures in processing and performance; materials design/materials by design.
6401 - Materials Applications and Engineering (3-1)
A series of investigations in the application of scientific and engineering principles to practical materials systems. The course emphasizes the complexity of successful materials applications, and the interplay between processing and performance. Three to four investigations will be performed during the semester. Each investigation begins with introductory reading, discussion, and planning (including application of qualitative and quantitative experimental design concepts). Then the class performs process experiments, followed by characterization of product microstructure and performance. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their team contributions (to discussions, design of investigations, performance of the investigations, and communication of the results) as well as their individual knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles and techniques (as proven on tests).
6402 - Microchemical and Microstructural Characterization of Materials (3-3)
The structure and composition of materials can be investigated at a variety of levels utilizing a variety of analytical techniques. It is imperative that the principles and applications of a range of these techniques be presented to students examining classes of materials. Techniques which can allow microscopic and macroscopic characterization should be presented as well as techniques for bulk, surface, and related interfacial characterization. This course will focus on a variety of microscopy and spectrometry optical techniques, electron, acoustic, and ion. As many microanalysis areas as possible will be demonstrated by having students visit facilities on the campus which constitute a materials characterization and analysis network. Principal microanalysis areas will include: x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (scanning and transmission), electron probes, surface and near surface microanalysis, and optical and acoustic microscopy.
Materials Science & Engineering (MASE)
6390 - Contemporary Topics in Materials Science and Engineering (3-0)
Selected topics from materials science and engineering. Course may be repeated twice for credit as topic varies.
6191/6291/6391 - Individual Studies (0-0-1), (0-0-2), (0-0-3)
Independent studies in materials science and engineering.
6294/6394 - Graduate Research Projects (0-0-2), (0-0-3)
6398 - Dissertation (0-0-3)
Initial work on the dissertation.
6399 - Dissertation (0-0-3)
Continuous enrollment required while work on the dissertation continues.
Prerequisite: MASE 6398.