Materials Science (MS)

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MS 830 - Mechanical Behavior Materials

Credits: 4

Elastic and inelastic behavior of materials in terms of micro- and macro-mechanics. Stress, strain and constitutive relations related to recent developments in dislocation theory and other phenomena on the atomic scale and to the continuum mechanics on the macroscopic scale. Elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity, creep, fracture, and damping. Anisotropic and heterogeneous materials. Prereq: Mechanics II, Introduction to Materials Science; or permission. Lab.

Equivalent(s): ME 830

MS 831 - Fracture and Fatigue Engineering Materials

Credits: 4

Review of fundamentals of linear elastic fracture mechanics and strain energy release rate analysis. Discusses basic methods of design for prevention of failure by fast fracture and fatigue for metals, ceramics, and polymers with attention to the effect of material properties and subsequent property modification on each design approach. Prereq: Mechanics II, Introduction to Materials Science; or permission. Lab.

Equivalent(s): ME 831

MS 861 - Diffraction and Imaging Methods in Materials Science

Credits: 0 or 4

Introduction to x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Basic crystallography; reciprocal lattice; x-ray and electron diffraction, x-ray methods; transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Prereq: General Chemistry, General Physics II, or permission. Lab.

Equivalent(s): ME 861

MS 862 - Electronic Materials Science

Credits: 4

This course provides engineering and science students with a foundation in the materials science of modern electronic devices. Topics include bonding and structure of solids, electrical and thermal conduction, elements of quantum mechanics, band theory of electrons in solids, semiconductors, magnetism, dielectrics and superconductors. Examples of applications are taken primarily from the fields of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology, and illustrate how the electrical and optical properties of devices are obtained from their compositions, crystal structures and microstructures. Permission of instructor required.

Equivalent(s): ME 862

MS 895 - Special Topics

Credits: 2-4

New or specialized courses and/or independent study. May be repeated for credit.

MS 898 - Master's Project

Credits: 3-4

The student works with a faculty member during one or two semesters on a well-defined research and/or original design problem. A written report and seminar are presented. IA (continuous grading) Cr/F.

MS 899 - Master's Thesis

Credits: 1-6


Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

MS 900 - Seminar

Credits: 1

Topics of interest to graduate students and faculty; reports of research ideas, progress, and results; lectures by outside speakers. Continuing course: instructor may assign IA (continuous grading) grade at the end of one semester.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

MS 905 - Macromolecular Synthesis

Credits: 3

Fundamentals of polymerization reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and chain structures as they are developed from the different chemistries available. Detailed discussions of the chemical mechanisms of step, free radical, ionic, and ring opening polymerizations. Treatment of the reaction parameters that control the rate of polymerization, molecular weight and chemical composition of the polymer chains. Introduction to stereo-chemical and catalytic polymerizations. Considerations of bulk, solution, and dispersion polymerization systems. Permission of instructor required. Open to Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering: Chemical, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering: Mechanical, Materials Science, Engineering: Mat Science, and Physics majors only.

MS 910 - Macromolecular Characterization

Credits: 3

Molecular characterization of synthetic and natural macromolecules in solution and in the solid state. Emphasis on the principles of various analytical techniques designed to provide information on the chemical composition, polymer chain size and structure in solution and in the dry state. Extension to methods that measure the interaction and association between polymer molecules. Interpretations of data from important characterization techniques including liquid chromatography (GPC), spectroscopy (FTIR, NMR, MS), microscopy (TEM, AFM, Confocal Raman), thermal analysis (DSC), light scattering, sedimentation, and x-ray diffraction. Permission of instructor required. (Also listed as BCHM 950). Open to Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering: Chemical, Chemistry, Chem: Chemistry Education, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Engineering: Mat Science, and Physics majors only.

Equivalent(s): BCHM 950

MS 960 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials I

Credits: 3

Classical and statistical thermodynamics are used to establish the conditions of equilibrium for simple and multi-component, heterogeneous materials. Additionally, the thermodynamics of phase diagrams, miscibility, interfaces, and defects are explored. Examples and problems apply these concepts to various types of materials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers.

MS 961 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials II

Credits: 3

Introduction to diffusion and phase transformations in materials, and detailed descriptions of interfacial regions. Mechanisms of phase separation by spinodal decomposition and homogeneous nucleation. Kinetic processes leading to changes in phase structure driven by chemical reaction, temperature and diffusive processes (e.g. Ostwald ripening) are treated quantitatively. Applications to metals, ceramics and polymers. Prereq: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials I.

Equivalent(s): ME 961

MS #965 - Advanced Surface and Thin Film Characterization

Credits: 4

Fundamentals of modern analytical techniques used to analyze the surface region of materials. Prereq: Introduction to Materials, or permission.

Equivalent(s): ME 965

MS 995 - Graduate Special Topics

Credits: 2-4

Investigation of graduate-level problems or topics in Materials Science.

MS 999 - Doctoral Research

Credits: 0