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**MSE 512 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Biomaterials**

Provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on the phenomenon and processes which govern material-tissue interactions with the soft tissue, hard tissue, and cardiovascular environments. Emphasizes both sides of the biomaterials interface, examining the events at the interface, and discussing topics on material durability and tissue compatability.

**MSE 524 - (3) (Y)
Modeling in Materials Science**

Prerequisite: At least two 300-400 level MSE courses or permission of instructor

Introduces computer modeling in several primary areas of Materials Science and Engineering: atomistics, kinetics and diffusion, elasticity,and processing. Applications are made to the energy and configuration of defects in materials, solute segregation, phase transformations, stresses in multicomponent systems, and microstructural development during processing, for example.

**MSE 532 (3) (Y)
Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials**

Prerequisites: MSE 304 or ME 339, or permission of instructor

Deformation and fracture are considered through integration of materials science microstructure and solid mechanics principles, emphasizing the mechanical behavior of metallic alloys and engineering polymers. Metal deformation is understood based on elasticity theory and dislocation concepts. Fracture is understood based on continuum fracture mechanics and microstructural damage mechanisms. Additional topics include fatigue loading, elevated temperature behavior, material embrittlement, time-dependency, experimental design, and damage-tolerant life prediction. Cross-listed as AM 532.

**MSE 601 - (3) (Y)
Crystallography and Diffraction Methods**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Topics include an introductory description of the structure of crystals and the analysis of matter by diffraction methods; classical crystallography, point and space group symmetry, real and reciprocal space constructions of the conditions for diffraction, intensity of reflection; instrumentation and laboratory techniques for the observation of X-ray diffraction by crystals, imperfect crystals and amorphous materials.

**MSE 604 - (3) (Y)
Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Course covers the physical principles of scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis. Laboratory demonstrations and experiments cover the operation of the SEM and EPMA. Applications of secondary and backscattered electron imaging, energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis, wave- analysis are applied to materials characterization. Laboratory experiments may include either materials science or biological applications, depending on the interests of the student.

**MSE 605 - (3) (Y)
Structure and Properties of Materials I**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

This is the first of a sequence of two basic courses for first-year graduate students or qualified undergraduate students. Topics include atomic bonding, crystal structure, and crystal defects in their relationship to properties and behavior of materials (polymers, metals, and ceramics); phase equilibria and non-equilibrium phase transformation;. metastable structures; solidification, and recrystallization.

**MSE 606 - (3) (Y)
Structure and Properties of Materials II**

Prerequisite: MSE 605 or permission of instructor

This is the second of a two-course sequence for the first-year graduate and qualified undergraduate students. Topics include diffusion in solids; elastic, anelastic, and plastic deformation; and electronic and magnetic properties of materials. Emphasizes the relationships between microscopic mechanisms and macroscopic behavior of materials.

**MSE 608 - (3) (Y)
Applied Electrochemistry**

Prerequisite: Physical chemistry course or permission of instructor

An introduction to the concepts of electrode potential, double layer theory, surface charge, and electrode kinetics. Applications of these concepts to subjects which include corrosion and embrittlement, energy conversion, batteries and fuel cells, electro-catalysis, electroanalysis, electrochemical industrial processes, bioelectrochemistry, and water treatment.

**MSE 623 - (3) (Y)
Thermodynamics of Solids**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Emphasizes the understanding of thermal properties such as heat capacity, thermal expansion, and transitions in terms of the entropy and the other thermodynamic functions. Develops the relationships of the Gibbs and Helmholtz functions to equilibrium systems, reactions, and phase diagrams. Atomistic and statistical mechanical interpretations of crystalline and non-crystalline solids are linked to the general thermodynamical laws by the partition function. Nonequilibrium and irreversible processes in solids are discussed.

**MSE 627 - (3) (S)
Ceramic Materials**

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Study of the aspects of structure, energetics, and properties of ceramic materials; similarities and differences between the structure and properties of metallic and ceramic materials will be highlighted. Topics covered include structure, phase diagrams, phase transformations, plastic flow, low and high temperature fracture, dielectric and electrical behavior.

**MSE 635 - (3) (E)
Physical Metallurgy of Light Alloys**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Develops the student’s literacy in aluminum and titanium alloys used in the aerospace and automotive industries. Based on the requirements of the designer, i.e., performance criteria and property requirements for the structure of aircraft and automobiles. Emphasizes processing-microstructure development, and structure-property relationships.

**MSE 662 - (3) (Y)
Mathematics of Materials Science**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Representative problems in materials science are studied in depth with the emphasis on understanding the relationship between physical phenomena and their mathematical description. Topics include rate processes, anelasticity, eigenvalue problems, tensor calculus, and elasticity theory.

**MSE 667 - (3) (Y)
Semiconductor Materials and Devices**

Prerequisite: EE 303 or permission of instructor

Discusses materials characterization of the elemental semiconductors (silicon and germanium) and the relations of semiconductor properties to the device structure and performance of discrete devices and integrated circuits. Subjects include a review of semiconductor principles, phase equilibria diagrams, semiconductor purification, crystal imperfections, and crystal growth techniques. Tutorial lectures on current industrial applications of semiconductor technology such as photovoltaic, thermoelectric, and amorphous devices, are presented. Cross-listed as EE 667.

**MSE 692 - (3) (Y)
Materials Science Laboratory**

Prerequisites: MSE 605 and 606, or permission of instructor

Introduces the student to some of the specialized experimental techniques used in materials science research. Particular attention is given to the techniques of X-ray diffractions and electron microscopy. The student is also introduced to several of the latest experimental methods such as field ion microscopy, electron spin resonance, low voltage electron diffraction, etc. Four hours laboratory, one hour lecture.

**MSE 701, 702 - (1) (Y)
Materials Science Seminar**

Broad topics as well as subject treatment in depth is presented. The course is related to research areas in materials science and involves active student participation.

**MSE 703 - (3) (Y)
Electron Microscopy of Crystals**

Prerequisite: MSE 601 or permission of instructor

Analysis of the physical principles of microscopy and electron optics. Attainment of high resolution; mass-thickness contrast; theory of diffraction contrast; scanning electron microscopy and applications to materials science; high-voltage electron microscopy.

**MSE 706 - (3) (E)
Advanced Electron Microscopy**

Prerequisite: MSE 703 or permission of instructor

Emphasizes the applications of advanced techniques of transmission and scanning electron microscopy to modern research problems in materials science and engineering. Microdiffraction and microanalysis, lattice imaging, and convergent beam diffraction in TEM and STEM are treated. In SEM, quantitative probe analysis techniques as well as back scattered electron imaging and channeling are covered.

**MSE 712 - (3) (Y)
Diffusional Processes in Materials**

Prerequisite: MSE 623

Phenomenological theory of diffusion in crystalline solids is developed for binary and multicomponent alloys and then applied to problems in solid-state phase transformations, segregation and homogenization, and thin films. Solution techniques for time-independent and time-dependent problems in one and two dimensions are constructed for single- and multi-phase systems. Interfacial kinetic barriers and elastic stress on diffusion are presented.

**MSE 714 - (3) (SI)
Quantization in Solids**

Quantization arising from eigenvalue problems is discussed in relation to the classical and quantum wave equations. This theory is applied to lattice vibrations (phonons) and electrons in a solid. Topics studies in detail include cohesion, thermal properties (e.g., specific heat and conductivity), electrical properties (e.g., metallic conductivity and semiconductor junctions) and optical properties (e.g., luminescence and photoconductivity).

**MSE 715 - (3) (Y)
Interactions Theory**

Prerequisite: APMA 341 or NE 631

Analysis of nuclear and atomic physics for engineers; scattering theory; charged particle, neutron, gamma-ray interactions with matter.

**MSE 722 - (3) (SI)
Surface Science**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Analysis of the structure and thermodynamics of surfaces, with particular emphasis on the factors controlling chemical reactivity of surfaces; adsorption, catalysis, oxidation, and corrosion are considered from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. Modern surface analytical techniques, such as Auger, ESCA, and SIMS, are considered.

**MSE 731 - (3) (Y)
Mechanical Behavior of Materials**

Prerequisite: MSE 605 and 606, or permission of instructor

Study of the behavior of solids under stress; emphasizing the role of imperfections, state of stress, temperature and strain rate; description of stress, strain, strain rate and elastic properties of materials comprise the opening topic. Fundamental aspects of crystal plasticity are then considered, along with the methods for strengthening crystals at low temperatures. Deformation at elevated temperatures and deformation maps are also covered. Emphasizes the relationships between microscopic mechanisms and macroscopic behavior of materials.

**MSE 732 - (3) (Y)
Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials**

Prerequisite: MSE 731 or permission of instructor

Development of the methods for fracture control through defect tolerant life prediction, materials characterization, mechanistic behavior modeling and metallurgical alloy development. Discussion of the continuum and microscopic mechanics of material fracture modes. Cross-listed as AM 732.

**MSE 734 - (3) (Y)
Phase Transformations**

Prerequisite: MSE 623 or comparable thermodynamics

Topics include the fundamental theory of diffusional phase transformations in solid metals and alloys; applications of thermodynamics to calculation of phase boundaries and driving forces for transformations; theory of solid-solid nucleation, theory of diffusional growth, comparison of both theories with experiment; applications of thermodynamics and of nucleation and growth theory to the principal experimental systematics of precipitation from solid solution, the massive transformations, the cellular and the pearlite reactions, martensitic transformations, and the questions of the role of shear in diffusional phase transformations.

**MSE 741 - (3) (Y)
Crystal Defect Theory**

Prerequisite: MSE 662 or permission of instructor

The nature and major effects of crystal defects on the properties of materials are studied, with an emphasis on metals. The elasticity theory of dislocations is treated in depth.

**MSE 747 - (3) (O)
Advanced Physical Metallurgy**

Prerequisites: MSE 605 and 606

Objectives are to reinforce fundamental concepts, introduce advanced topics in physical metallurgy, and develop literacy in major alloy systems. Microstructural evolution and structure-properties relations are emphasized. Topics (including phase diagrams, transformation kinetics, crystallography, interface structure, diffusion, precipitation, recrystallization, texture and thermal-mechanical processing) are discussed in conjunction with ferrous, nickel-based and light structural metallic alloys.

**MSE 751 - (3) (Y)
Polymer Science**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Emphasis on the nature and types of polymers and on methods for studying them. After a cursory survey of chemical structures and methods of synthesis, the physics of the special properties of polymers (e.g., rubber elasticity, tacticity, glass transitions, crystallization, dielectric and mechanical relaxation, and permselectivity) is developed in detail. Detailed morphology of polymer systems is discussed and its influence on properties is considered.

**MSE 752 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Polymer Science II**

Prerequisite: MSE 751 or permission of instructor

Focuses on the experimental methods of polymer science. Detailed picture of polymer structure and properties is developed by examining the use of solutions (viscosity and chromatography), thermal (DSC, DTA, TGA), microscopic (electron and optical), spectroscopic (IR, Raman, NRM, mechanical and dielectric), scattering (neutron, X-ray, and visible light), and diffraction (neutron, electron and X-ray) techniques as they are applied to the characterization and study of polymeric materials.

**MSE 757 - (3) (SI)
Materials Processing**

Prerequisite: MSE 731 or permission of instructor

Discusses scientific and technological bases of material processing. Emphasizes solidification, deformation, particulate and thermomechanical processing. These are approached from a fundamental point of view and their current technological applications are discussed.

**MSE 762 - (3) (E)
Modern Composite Technology**

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Discusses the technology of modern composite materials including basic principles, mechanics, reinforcements, mechanical properties and fracture characteristics, fabrication techniques, and applications. High performance filamentary reinforced materials are emphasized. The principles of chemical vapor deposition and the application of this technology to the area of composite materials are discussed.

**MSE 771 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Electrochemistry**

Course is highly specialized and details specific subject matter in the areas of corrosion of stainless steel, cyclic voltammetry, and the adsorption of hydrogen on and diffusion of hydrogen through Palladium. The latter is also experimented with using a Devanathan cell.

**MSE 791, 792 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Topics in Materials Science**

Prerequisite: Permission of staff

An advanced level study of special subjects related to developments in materials science under the direction of members of the staff. Offered as required

**MSE 793 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study**

Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

**MSE 795 - (3) (S)
Supervised Project Research**

Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Materials Science degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

**MSE 893 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study**

Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

**MSE 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction**

For master’s students.

**MSE 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Thesis**

Formal record of student commitment to master’s thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

**MSE 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction**

For doctoral students.

**MSE 999 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Dissertation**

Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

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