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ENGR 321 - Introduction to Materials Science

A junior level Engineering class designed to introduce students to the basic structure-process-property relationships in materials science and engineering.
By the completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Predict basic physical properties of materials based on knowledge of their atomic composition and chemical bonding.
2. Readily describe the structure of crystalline materials using the nomenclature of Bravais lattices and Miller Indices.
3. Apply the principles of solid state diffusion to solve engineering problems to determine the effects of heating on composition profiles in solid solution materials in at least the 1-dimensional approximation.
4. Use a binary phase diagram to quantitatively describe the compositions, phases and microstructures developed during heat treatments of binary solid systems.
5. Use the principles of nucleation theory and solid state diffusion to solve problems involving kinetics of phase transformations in metal alloy systems

ME/MATS 478/578 - Thin Film Materials and Characterization

This course covers the basic techniques and fundamental processes of thin film deposition. The kinetic theory of gases and the basics of vacuum science and technology are introduced to provide students with an understanding of gas transport under high vacuum conditions and at atmospheric pressure. The fundamental processes occurring during thin film deposition, such as adsorption, surface diffusion, nucleation and microstructure development are addressed using relevant theory and models. Major thin film deposition processes such as evaporation, sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, and chemical routes are presented with an emphasis on the fundamentals and applications of each technique. Students interested in disciplines such as electronic and photonic materials, metallurgy, engineering science and mechanics, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering will benefit significantly from this course.

ME/MATS 570 - Structure-Property Relations in Materials

This course is designed as an advanced course for students entering into the Materials Science Graduate Program without undergraduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Topics covered include the fundamentals of the interactions between the structure and properties of materials. Atomic bonding and atom interactions. Geometric and algebraic representations of symmetry. Introduction to phase equilibria. Phenomenological background of elasticity and plasticity in materials. Anisotropic materials and tensor representations. Influence of structure on thermal, electrical, and optical properties of materials.