MSE 301

Materials Science and Engineering


An introduction to the structure and properties of important current and future materials, including metals, semiconductors, and polymers from an atomic and molecular perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the phase behavior and processing of materials, and on how structures in these materials impact their macroscopic physical, electrical, and thermal properties. Three lectures.

MSE 302

Laboratory Techniques in Materials Science and Engineering


James Christopher Sturm, Rodney D. Priestley, Nan Yao

Laboratory techniques and structure property relationships in materials. The course includes lectures on the fundamentals and modern applications of materials science, from electrical and mechanical properties to electron microscopy, nanotechnology, polymers, and biomaterials. Corresponding laboratory sessions introduce students to techniques for modification of structure, properties, and function at different length scales. Critical practice in scientific writing, oral presentation, and literature analysis will be featured. Prerequisite: 301 or equivalent. Two 90-minute lectures, one laboratory.

MAE 324 / MSE 324

Structure and Properties of Materials


Craig B. Arnold

An introduction to the properties of engineering materials that emphasizes the correlation between atomic and microscopic structure and the macroscopic properties of the materials. Topics include structural, mechanical, thermodynamic, and design-related issues important to engineering applications. Two lectures, one preceptorial.

CEE 361 / MAE 325 / MSE 331

Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods


Maurizio Maria Chiaramonte

The course begins with an overview of finite element methods for a one-dimensional model problem including the weak, Galerkin and matrix forms. Extension of the finite element to multiple dimensions are carried for second order scalar and vector valued equations. Applications in heat transfer, fluid and solid mechanics will be discussed. The course then concludes with the CÂș approach to plates and beams. Element formulation, data structures, isoparametric interpolations, locking, analysis of error and convergence, constraints as well as variational crimes will all be discussed. Prerequisite: CEE 205/MAE 223 or permission of instructor.

MAE 344 / MSE 364

Introduction to Bioengineering and Medical Devices


The fundamental concepts required for the design and function of implantable medical devices, including basic applications of materials, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics to bone/implant systems. The course examines the interfaces between cells and the surfaces of synthetic biomaterials that are used in orthopedic and dental applications. Prerequisites: MAT 103 and 104, and PHY 103 and 104. Two 90-minute lectures.

CBE 415 / CHM 415 / MSE 425



Richard Alan Register

Broad introduction to polymer science and technology, including polymer chemistry (major synthetic routes to polymers), polymer physics (solution and melt behavior, solid-state morphology and properties), and polymer engineering (overview of reaction engineering and melt processing methods). Three lectures. Prerequisites: CHM 301 or 303, which may be taken concurrently, and MAT 104, or permission of the instructor.

ELE 455 / CEE 455 / MAE 455 / MSE 455

Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment


This course is designed to give juniors, seniors, and interested graduate students a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction into mid-infrared sensing, its applications, and its technological foundations. Topics include: materials, light sources, lasers and detectors for the mid-infrared; spectroscopy and sensing; sensing systems and sensor networks. It addresses such important issues as global warming, policy making, engineering solutions to global challenges, environmental sensing, breath analysis and health applications, and sensing in homeland security. Two 90-minute lectures.

MSE 501 / MAE 561 / CEE 561

Introduction to Materials


Emphasizes the connection between microstructural features of materials (e.g., grain size, boundary regions between grains, defects) and their properties, and how processing conditions control structure. Topics include thermodynamics and phase equilibria, microstructure, diffusion, kinetics of phase transitions, nucleation and crystal growth, phase separation, spinodal decomposition, glass formation, and the glass transition.

MSE 502

Phase Transformations in Materials


Mikko Petteri Haataja

Thermodynamics and kinetics applicable to phase changes and processing in materials. Phase equilibrium, nucleation and growth, phase separation, coarsening, and diffusion in solids.

MSE 504 / CHM 560 / PHY 512 / CBE 520

Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulation in Statistical Physics & Materials Science


Roberto Car

This course examines methods for simulating matter at the molecular and electronic scale. Molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and electronic structure methods will be covered with emphasis on hands-on experience in writing and/or exercising simulation codes for atomistic and electronic structure simulation.

MSE 505

Characterization of Materials


Nan Yao

A multidisciplinary course offering a practical introduction to techniques of imaging and compositional analysis of advanced materials. Focus on principles and applications of various characterization methods. Covered topics include AFM, SEM, TEM, EDX/WDX, EELS, Confocal Microscopy, sample preparation and image processing, etc. Hands-on experience is emphasized.

MSE 513 / CHM 511 / MAE 516

Introduction to Nanotechnology


Michael C. McAlpine

The first part of the course contains fundamental chemical concepts and basic ideas needed to calculate the difference between the bulk properties of matter and the properties of aggregates. The second part describes the tools needed to probe matter at the nanoscale level. The third part discusses examples of nanoscale materials (clusters, monolayers, fullerenes, biomolecules) and their applications.

CHM 503 / CBE 524 / MSE 514

Introduction to Statistical Mechanics


Salvatore Torquato, Roberto Car

Statistical mechanics provides the basis for understanding the equilibrium and nonequilibrium properties of matter in terms of the microscopic details of molecular interactions and structure. The course aims to provide students with working knowledge of the fundamentals and applications of statistical mechanics.

CBE 503 / MSE 521

Advanced Thermodynamics


Sujit Sankar Datta

A systematic treatment of chemical thermodynamics from an advanced point of view. It explores the equilibrium properties of chemical systems under a wide range of conditions and applications to problems of a chemical engineering nature, with an emphasis on multicomponent mixtures and reactive systems.

CBE 542 / MSE 524

Polymer Viscoelasticity


Rodney D. Priestley

An examination of equilibrium and dynamic properties from dilute solutions to the melt state. Explores scaling concepts; Flory-Huggins theory; polymer blends; network structure and elasticity; diffusion and viscoelasticity; influence of chain architecture and temperature; and molecular theory.

MSE 531 / ELE 513

Introduction to Nano/Microfabrication


Conrad Lorenzo Silvestre

Introduces to students the basic technologies and knowledge of nano/microfabrication, and give them hands-on experiences in making nano/microstructures and handling sophisticated equipment. The course consists of four one-hour lectures (one per week), seven three-hour labs (one lab per week), and three experiments. Each student begins with a bare silicon wafer and ends with micro-structures consisting of resistors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors. Students learn and perform wafer cleaning, thermal oxidation of thin films, dopant diffusion, photolithography, chemical etching, metal thin-film evaporation, and related chara

CBE 541 / MSE 534

Polymer Synthesis


Richard Alan Register

Fundamentals and practice of polymer synthesis, both at the laboratory and industrial scales. Mechanism, kinetics, and range of application of important polymerization methods: condensation, free-radical, anionic, cationic, coordination; polymerization thermodynamics; chemical reactions on polymers; selected industrial processes (e.g., polyesterification, emulsion polymerization, high- and low-pressure routes to polyethylene).

MAE 562 / MSE 540

Fracture Mechanics


Winston Oluwole Soboyejo

Fracture involves processes at multiple time and length scales. This course covers the basic topics including energy balance, crack tip fields, toughness, dissipative processes, and subcritical cracking. Fracture processes are then examined as they occur in some modern technologies, such as advanced ceramics, coatings, composites, and integrated circuits. The course also explores fracture at high temperatures and crack nucleation processes.

GEO 501 / MSE 541

Physics and Chemistry of Minerals


Thomas S. Duffy

Concepts of solid-state physics and inorganic chemistry relevant to the study of minerals and materials. The emphasis is on applications to the study of planetary interiors. Topics include crystal chemistry; crystal structure and phase transitions; equations of state, dynamic, and static compression; elasticity; transport properties; lattice dynamics; lattice defects; and solid-state diffusion and creep.

GEO 507 / MSE 547

Topics in Mineralogy and Mineral Physics


Thomas S. Duffy

Selected topics related to structure, properties, and stability of minerals and melts. Topics include mantle mineralogy, applications of synchrotron radiation to the study of earth materials, physics and chemistry of minerals at high pressure and temperature, and advanced concepts in mineral physics.

ELE 543 / MSE 551

Electronic Materials


Sigurd Wagner

The science and technology of materials used in electronics and optoelectronics, with varying emphasis. Subjects include the growth of crystals and of thin films, vacuum technology, phase diagrams, defects and atomic diffusion in semiconductors, techniques for analyzing electronic materials, amorphous silicon, and materials for large-area electronics, displays, and solar cells.

ELE 554 / MSE 553

Nonlinear Optics


Jason W. Fleischer

An introduction to nonlinear optics, second-harmonic generation, parametric amplification and oscillation, electrooptic effects, third-order nonlinearities, phase-conjugate optics, photorefractive materials, and solitons.

ELE 547B / MSE 557

Selected Topics in Solid-State Electronics


Stephen Y. Chou

One or more advanced topics in solid-state electronics. Content may vary from year to year. Recent topics have included electronic properties of doped semiconductors, physics and technology of nanastructures, and organic materials for optical and electronic device application.

MAE 521 / MSE 561

Optics and Lasers


Julia Mikhailova

An introduction to principles of lasers. Topics include a review of propagation theory, interaction of light and matter, Fourier optics, a survey and description of operational characteristics of lasers, light scattering, and nonlinear optics. Some introductory quantum mechanics will be covered to give students an appreciation of the basic tools for the interaction of light with matter and nonlinear optical phenomena.

PHY 506 / MSE 576

Advanced Quantum Mechanics


Shivaji L. Sondhi

A one-term course in advanced quantum mechanics, following Physics 505. After a brief review of some fundamental topics (e.g., hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, scattering theory) more advanced topics will be covered, including many-body theory, operator theory, coherent states, stability of matter and other Coulomb systems and the theory of the Bose gas.