Materials Science

Materials Science, MTSC = 0149

4500. Internship in Materials Science. 3 hours. A supervised industrial internship requiring a minimum of 150 hours of work experience. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

4920. Cooperative Education in Materials Science. 3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objectives. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of credit in materials science; student must meet employer's requirements and have consent of department. May be repeated for credit.

5100. Fundamental Concepts of Materials Science. 3 hours. Physics of materials; molecular structure and chemical reactivity; materials processing, macroscopic properties. Crystals, amorphous solids, liquids, gases, liquid crystals, polymer. Mechanical, thermophysical, electrical, magnetic and surface properties. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4110 or consent of department.

5200. Advanced Concepts of Metallurgical Science. 3 hours. Phase transformations; phase diagrams; principles of metals processing; mechanical processing; joining; surface treatments.

5300. Science and Technology of Modern Ceramics. 3 hours. Steps in production of fired ceramics; methods of powder preparation and characterization; casting, extrusion, and injection molding; firing; chemical and physical changes during liquid phase and solid-state sintering.

5400. Advanced Polymer Physics and Chemistry. 3 hours. The structure, configuration, conformation and thermodynamics of polymer solutions, gels, and solids; mechanical, optical, and rheological properties of plastics and rubbers.

5420. Scientific Concepts of Advanced Composite Materials. 3 hours. Fibers; matrix materials; interfaces; polymer matrix composites; metal matrix composites; ceramic matrix composites; carbon fiber composites; micromechanics, fracture and fatigue; design.

5460. Thermal Analysis. 3 hours. Differential scanning calorimetry; thermogranvimetric metric analysis; melting transition; glass transition; reflexation in the solid state; phase changes in polymer liquid crystals.

5500. Electronic and Optical Materials. 3 hours. Semiconductor purification and crystal growth; impurity doping by diffusion and ion implantation; contact formation; mechanical and chemical processing; semiconductor analysis; oxidation; lithography; pattern generation; process simulation and integration.

5510. Physical and Chemical Basis of Integrated Circuit Fabrication. 3 hours. Processing technology for very large scale integrated circuits and related applications. Lithography, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, film deposition, wet and dry etching, multilevel metal interconnect, process integration, manufacturing yield, and integrated circuit reliability.

5600. Materials Characterization. 3 hours. Survey of atomic and structural analysis techniques as applied to surface and bulk materials. Physical processes involved in the interaction of ions, electrons and photons with solids; characteristics of the emergent radiation in relation to the structure and composition.

5610. Fundamentals of Surface and Thin Film Analysis. 3 hours. Survey of materials characterization techniques; optical microscopy; Rutherford backscattering; secondary ion mass spectroscopy; ion channeling; scanning tunneling and transmission microscopy; x-ray spectroscopy; surface properties. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5450.

5750. Advanced Topics in Mechanical Behavior of Materials. 3 hours. Stress, strain and the basics of concepts in deformation and fracture for metals, polymers, and ceramics. Analysis of important mechanical properties such as plastic flow, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness, and rupture. Application of these principles to the design of improved materials and engineering structures.

5800-5810. Special Studies in Materials Science. 3 hours each. Organized classes specifically designed to accommodate the needs of students and the demands of program development that are not met by regular offerings. Short courses and workshops on specific topics, organized on a limited-offering basis, to be repeated only upon demand. May be repeated for credit.

5820. Internship in Materials Science. 3 hours. A supervised industrial internship requiring a minimum of 150 clock hours of work experience. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

5830. Cooperative Education in Materials Science. 3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective.

5870. Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering. 1-3 hours. Current topics in materials science and engineering.

5900-5910. Special Problems in Materials Research. 1-6 hours each. Special problems in advanced materials science for graduate students. Problems chosen by the student with approval of the supervising professor and the department chair.

5920-5930. Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis. 3 hours each. An introduction to research; may consist of an experimental, theoretical or review topic.

5940. Seminar in Current Materials Science Literature. 1-3 hours. Reports and discussion of current materials science research published in journals and other means of dissemination of research.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department, 6 hours of credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

5960. Materials Science Institute. 1-6 hours. For students accepted by the university as participants in special institute programs. May be repeated for credit, not to exceed a total of 6 hours in each course. Laboratory fee required.

6610. Diffraction Science. 3 hours. Diffraction theory; scattering and diffraction experiments; kinematic theory; dynamical theory; x-ray topography; crystal structure analysis; disordered crystals; quasi-crystals.

6620. Advanced Electron Microscopy. 3 hours. Theory and applications of scanning and transmission electron microscopy; sample preparation and analytical techniques.

6710. Imperfections in Solids. 3 hours. Point defects in metals, ceramics, and semiconductors; nonideal defect structures; nonequilibrium conditions produced by irradiation or quenching; effects of defects on mechanical and physical properties.

6720. Corrosion and Oxidation of Materials. 3 hours. Electrochemical corrosion; mechanisms and rates in relation to physicochemical and metallurgical factors; stress corrosion and mechanical influences on corrosion; corrosion protection.

6730. Scientific Basis of Materials Failure. 3 hours. Macro and micro aspects for failure by monotonic fracture, creep, fatigue, and environmentally-influenced failure; fracture mechanics, fracture statistics of brittle materials.

6740. Phase Transformations. 3 hours. Advanced phase diagrams considering systems with as many as four components; emphasis on pressure-temperature-composition diagrams.

6800. Selected Topics in Materials Science. 3 hours. Topics from specialized areas of materials science, physics, and chemistry. Integrated circuit fabrication and materials. Transmission electron microscopy. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Special problems experimental or theoretical for advanced graduate students. Problem chosen by the student with the approval of the supervising professor.

6940. Individual Research. Variable credit. To be scheduled by the doctoral candidate engaged in research. May be repeated for credit.

6950. Doctoral Dissertation. 3, 6 or 9 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 12 hours credit required. No credit assigned until dissertation has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course subsequent to passing qualifying examination for admission to candidacy. May be repeated for credit.

6970. Seminar for Doctoral Candidates. 3 hours. Demonstration of competence in a specific area of materials science as evidenced by criteria established by the faculty of each discipline. May be repeated for credit.

6990. Postdoctoral Research. 3 hours. For postdoctoral fellows to further training and research experience in developing and solving problems independently. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated for credit.

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