Materials Science & Engineering

Master of Engineering Courses

This option, offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering , requires three core courses, three special topics courses which are individualized project courses in electronic materials, polymers and structural materials, and four technical electives.

Materials Science & Engineering

ENMA650 Nanometer Structure of Materials (3)
Prerequisite: ENMA 470 or equivalent.
The basic concepts required for understanding nanostructured materials and their behavior will be covered. Topics covered include the structural aspects of crystalline and amorphous solids and relationships to bonding types, point and space groups. Summary of diffraction theory and practice. The reciprocal lattice. Relationships of the microscopically measured properties to crystal symmetry. Structural aspects of defects in crystalline solids.
ENMA660 Thermodynamics in Materials Science (3)
Corequisite: Concurrently enrolled in ENMA650. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Thermodynamics of engineering solids. Thermal, diffusional and mechanical interactions in macroscopic systems. Systems in thermal contact, systems in thermal and diffusive contact, systems in thermal and mechanical contact.
ENMA661 Kinetics of Reactions in Materials (3)
Prerequisite: ENMA660.
The theory of thermally activated processes in solids as applied to diffusion, nucleation and interface motion. Cooperative and diffusionless transformations. Applications selected from processes such as allotropic transformations, precipitation, martensite formation, solidification, ordering, and corrosion.

Materials Science & Engineering

ENMA620 Polymer Physics (3)
Prerequisite: ENMA471; or permission of instructor.
The thermodynamics, structure, morphology and properties of polymers. Developing an understanding of the relationships between theory and observed behavior in polymeric materials.
ENMA621 Advanced Design Composite Materials (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA621 or ENMA698A. Formerly: ENMA698A.
Fundamentals of design, processing, and selection of composite materials for structural applications are covered. The topics include a review of all classes of engineering materials, an in-depth analysis of micro and macro mechanical behavior including interactions at the two-phase interfaces, modeling of composite morphologies for optimal microstructures, material aspects, cost considerations, processing methods- including consideration of chemical reactions, stability of the interfaces and material selection.
ENMA624 Radiation Engineering (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA624 or ENMA698E. Formerly: ENMA698E.
Ionizing radiation, radiation dosimetry and sensors, radiation processing, radiation effects on ; polymers, metals, semiconductors, liquid, and gas, radiation in advance manufacturing, radiation-physical technology.
ENMA625 Biomaterials (3)
per week. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA425, ENMA698I, BIOE698I, or ENBE453. Formerly: ENMA698I.
Examination of materials used in humans and other biological systems in terms of the relationships between structure, fundamental properties and functional behavior. Replacement materials such as implants, assistive devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers, drug delivery systems, biosensors, engineered materials such as artificial skin and bone growth scaffolds, and biocompatibility will be covered.
ENMA626 Fundamentals of Failure Mechanisms (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Also offered as: ENRE600. Credit only granted for: ENMA626, ENMA698M, ENMA698R, or ENRE600. Formerly: ENMA698M and ENMA698R.
Advanced failure mechanisms in reliability engineering wiil be taught from a basic materials and defects point of view. The methods of predicting the physics of failure of devices, materials, components and systems are reviewed. The main emphasis will be given to basic degradation mechanisms through understanding the physics, chemistry, and mechanics of such mechanisms. Mechanical failures are introduced through understanding fatigue, creep and yielding in materials, devices and components. The principles of cumulative damage and mechanical yielding theory are taught. The concepts of reliability growth, accelerated life testing, environmental testing are introduced. Physical, chemical and thermal related failures are introduced through a basic understanding of degradation mechanisms such as diffusion, electromigration, defects and defect migration. The failure mechanisms in basic material types will be taught. Failure mechanisms observed in real electronic devices and electronic packaging will also be presented. Problems related to manufacturing, and microelectronics will be analyzed. Mechanical failures are emphasized from the point of view of complex fatigue theory.
ENMA630 Advanced Nanosized Materials: Synthesis and Utilization (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA630 or ENMA6998G. Formerly: ENMA698G.
This course covers fundamental theory and fabrication-related aspects of nanoscale materials science. Topics: Quantization of energy level in solids and its effect on properties. Nucleation, growth and aging. Nano-epitaxy. Anisotropic crystal engineering. Electrical Transport. Nano-magnetism. Properties of carbon nanotubes. Applications in electronics, optics, data storage, energy and biomedicine.
ENMA640 Advanced Nano Processing of Materials with Plasma (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA440, ENMA489P, ENMA698P, or ENMA640. Formerly: ENMA698P.
Plasmas are used to control the micro-and Nanoscale level structure of materials including patterning at the micro-and nanoscale level using plasma etching techniques. The course establishes the scientific understanding required for the efficient production of nano-structure using plasma techniques.
ENMA641 Nanotechnology Characterization (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA698T or ENMA641. Formerly: ENMA698T.
Techniques to characterize the properties of materials whose characteristic dimensions are a few to a few hundred nanometers, including conventional nanocrystalline materials, but concentrating on novel nanomaterials: carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, quantum wires, and quantum wells are covered. The emphasis is on recent results from the scientific literature concerning those properties that make nanostructures interesting: quantum effects, novel transport phenomena, enhanced mechanical properties associated with localization and with small crystallite size.
ENMA642 Current Trends in Nanomaterials (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA642 or ENMA698N. Formerly: ENMA698N.
Presents a historical and contemporary perspective of the trends of development of nanomaterials. Having characteristic dimensions in the range of 1-100 nanometers, these materials are difficult to synthesize a nd characterize but are nevertheless at the forefront of science and tec hnology in many fields. Through detailed analysis of the current literat ure, all students will develop a sense for not only where the science an d technology has come but also where it is going.
ENMA643 Advanced Photonic Materials (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA698Z, ENRE648Z, or ENMA643. Formerly: ENMA698Z.
The understanding of the basic optical processes in photonic devices and systems compsed of waveguides, light emitting diodes and lasers, as well as modulators is developed. Lectures on basic degradation mechanisms of such systems will be presented. The area of organic based LED reliability will be covered from the point of view of the stability of the organic-inorganic interface.
ENMA644 Advanced Ceramics (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA644 or ENMA698C. Formerly: ENMA698C.
Introduces concepts such as crystal chemistry, defect chemistry and ternary phase equilibria which can also be used to illustrate the various types of advanced ceramics (superconductors; superionic conductors; dielectrics including ferroelectrics; optical materials; high temperature structural materials; etc.) and allow an understanding of their behaviors.
ENMA645 Advanced Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA645 or ENMA698D. Formerly: ENMA698D.
Elective course on the properties and behavior of liquid crystal and related soft materials, and their relationship to biomaterials and applications.
ENMA662 Advanced Smart Materials (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA662 or ENMA698W. Formerly: ENMA698W.
This course will cover the three ferroic materials, ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and ferroelastic (also known as Shape Memory Alloy, SMA) as well as materials that are simultaneously ferromagnetic and ferroelectric etc. Their similarities and differences will be identified and their atomic level and crystal structure examined. Phase transformations are very important and will be treated in some detail. Applications, e.g. permanent magnets, electronic magnetic materials, digital storage elements, actuators and sensors as well as SMAs for vision glasses, self-adjusting valves and the like will be covered.
ENMA671 Defects in Materials (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Fundamental aspects of point (electronic and atomic) defects, dislocations, and surfaces and interfaces in materials. Defect interactions, defect models, and effects of zero, one and two dimensional defects on material behavior.
ENMA680 Experimental Methods in Materials Science (3)
Prerequisite: ENMA650.
Methods of measuring the structural aspects of materials. Optical and electron microscopy. Resonance methods. Electrical, optical and magnetic measurement techniques. Thermodynamic methods.
ENMA681 Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science (3)
Prerequisite: ENCH620.
Theory of diffraction of electrons, neutrons and X-rays. Strong emphasis on diffraction methods as applied to the study of defects in solids. Short range order, thermal vibrations, stacking faults, microstrain.
ENMA682 Electron Microscopy for Research (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA682 or ENMA698J. Formerly: ENMA698J.
An overview of the basic principles of operation for modern electron microscopes and how they are used in modern research. Details will be given on the construction of microscopes, their basic operation, and the types of questions that can be addressed with an electron microscope. Emphasis will be placed on a conceptual understanding of the underlying theories, and how to apply these to real-world research problems. Independent study into a specific area of electron microscopy will contribute to a term paper. Upon completion of this course, student will be expected to have a basic understanding sufficient to give interpretations of microscopy images and to suggest the correct tool or approach for certain research studies.
ENMA683 Structural Determination Laboratory (1)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA698L or ENMA683. Formerly: ENMA698L.
The operation of an electron microscope is covered. TEM techniques that are used to characterize the structure, defects and composition of a sample are presented and used to study a variety of materials. These techniques are: electron diffraction patterns, bright/dark field imaging, high resolution lattic imaging and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Also covers different sample preparation techniques for TEM. The goal is that the students become independent users of the TEM.
ENMA684 Advanced Finite Element Modeling (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENMA684 or ENMA698I. Formerly: ENMA698I.
A brief review of mechanical behavior of materials, introduction to Finite Element Modeling (FEM), and procedures for predicting mechanical behavior of materials by FEM using computer software (at present ANSYS). The FEM procedures include, setting up the model, mesh generation, data input and interpretation of the results.
ENMA685 Advanced Electrical and Optical Materials (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA685 or ENMA698F. Formerly: ENMA698F.
Students become familiar with basic and state of the art knowledge of some technologically relevent topics in materials engineering and applied physics, including dielectric/ferroelectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors, multiferroic materials and optical materials with an underlying emphasis on the thin film and device fabrication technology. Fundamental physical properties and descriptions of different materials and their applications are included. Discussion will include new developments in the fields.
ENMA687 Nanoscale Photonics and Applications (3)
Credit only granted for: ENMA687 or ENMA698Z. Formerly: ENMA698Z.
Advanced topics in photonics including optical ray propogation, LEDS and the interaction of light in nanostructured materials for optoelectronic applications will be covered.

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