2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Materials Science Engineering (MSE)

MSE 530  Materials Science  (3 Credits)  

This course presents basic knowledge of the internal structure, properties, processing, and characterization of materials, including metals, ceramics, inorganic composites, and "smart" materials.

MSE 533  Polymers/Composites  (3 Credits)  

This course deals with general concepts about polymers and polymeric materials/composites, their compositions, chemical structure, synthesis and fabrication, characterization and properties.

MSE 535  Electronic and Optic Material  (3 Credits)  

This course deals with the internal structure, chemistry and physics of semiconductors, magnetic and photonic materials as related to their electronic and optical properties, as well as their applications. The course also focuses on how electronic materials are produced, and how to control processing to achieve desired materials performance.

MSE 540  Fundamentals of Nanoscience  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the chemical, physical,, and mathematical concepts that describe

MSE 575  Basic Instrumentation for Material Science  (3 Credits)  

This course presents basic materials science related instrumentations, principles, measurements, and data manipulation and visualization with IDL; data collection and data analysis with the LabView Interface; powder x-ray diffraction technique, etc.

MSE 580  Advanced Organic Synthesis  (3 Credits)  

This course will cover essential synthetic and characterization methodologies of complex organic molecules and polymers, particularly the conjugated semiconducting and conducting molecules and polymers relevant to supramolecular 'plastic' electronic and optoelectronic applications. The course will first provide a brief overview of important and relevant organic reactions and mechanisms, it will then present advanced lab techniques and instrumentations, product purification and characterizations, including airsensitive chemicals handling, vacuum distillation, sublimation, rotary evaporation, thin-layer chromatography, column chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), elemental analysis and mass spectrometry, thermal analysis (DSC/TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and HPLC, cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV-VIS spectrometry, luminescence spectrometry, FT-IRRaman, etc.

MSE 600  Materials Science & Engineering Seminar I  (1 Credits)  

This course exposes students to the most recent research developments in the areas of materials science and engineering. Students attend weekly seminars, delivered by local and invited scientists and engineers, who present results of projects carried in their research groups.

MSE 601  Materials Science & Engineer Seminar II  (1 Credits)  

This course exposes students to the most recent research developments in the areas of materials science and engineering. Students attend weekly seminars, delivered by local and invited scientists and engineers, who present results of projects carried in their research groups

MSE 605  Ethics of Scientific Research & Professionalism  (1 Credits)  

This is a core professional development course, designed for science and engineering graduate students. Students will learn about ethics in the workplace, receive guidance in the selection of and application to job positions in materials science and engineering, as well as improve their skills such as in written and oral communication.

MSE 607  Materials for Nanotechnology  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a broad overview of the entire arena of nanotechnology including phenomena specific for nanoparticle or nanostructured systems, as well as their modern and future applications. The topics include characterization and fabrication methods in nanoscale, properties of materials as a function of size, review of nanocrystals, quantum dots, nanophotonic structures, nanomagnets, and brief introduction to the principles of quantum computing.

MSE 609  Introduction to Computational Materials Science  (3 Credits)  

This course provides graduate students with basic skills in computational materials science. The course includes topics of quantum theory related to the microscopic structure of atoms, molecules, polymers, and solids, as well as overview of numerical modeling of materials properties, predictions, and analysis.

MSE 635  Optical Materials  (3 Credits)  

The course relates optical behavior and its underlying processes to the chemical, physical, and microstructural properties of the materials so that students gain insight into the kinds of materials, engineering and processing conditions that are required to produce materials exhibiting a desired optical property.

MSE 660  Organic Optoelectronic Materials & Devices  (3 Credits)  

This course covers the basic knowledge, concepts and current status of organic/polymer electronic optoelectronic (OE) materials and devices. From fundamentals of electon conjugated organic and polymetic materials, structures, synthesis, to basic principles, architectures, and functions of organic/polymeric electronic and OE devices including, but not limited to, field effect transistors (FETs), light emitting deiodes (LEDs), solar cells, electro-optic modulators, optical-switching materials and devices, photorefractive materials and devices, single molecule OE devices, artificial Muscles, spintronic and supramolecular OE amterials and devices, et.

MSE 680  Advanced Organic Synthesis I  (3 Credits)  

This course will cover essential synthetic and characterization methodologies of complex organic molecules and polymers, particularly the conjugated semiconducting and conducting molecules and polymers relevant to supramolecular 'plastic' electronic and optoelectronic applications. The course will first provide a brief overview of important and relevant organic reactions and mechanisms, it will then present advanced lab techniques and instrumentations, product purification and characterizations, including airsensitive chemicals handling, vacuum distillation, sublimation, rotary evaporation, thin-layer chromatography, column chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), elemental analysis and mass spectrometry, thermal analysis (DSC/TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and HPLC, cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV-VIS spectrometry, luminescence spectrometry, FT-IRRaman, etc

MSE 697  Research I  (1-9 Credits)  

The Research I course is the first of a 3 semester, research course sequence. Students attend seminars, and workshops on how to conduct, present and, report research activities. Students are also, expected to spend considerable time in their, research laboratories or in research related, activities - between 10 and 15 hours a week. The, students must work closely with their research, advisor to ensure progress in the course.

MSE 698  Research II  (1-9 Credits)  

The Research I-III course is the second of a 3, semester research course sequence. Students attend seminars and workshops on how to conduct, present, and report research activities. Students are also expected to spend considerable time in their research laboratories or in research related activities - between 10 an 15 hours a week. Students must work closely with their research advisor to ensure progress in the course

MSE 699  Research III  (1-9 Credits)  

The Research I-III course is the first of a 3, semester research course sequence. Students attend seminars and workshops on how to conduct,, present and report research activities. Students , are also expected to spend considerable time in, their research laboratories or in research related, activities - between 10 an 15 hours a week. The , students must work closely with their research , advisor to ensure progress in the course.

MSE 703  Materials & Devices for Solar Energy Conversion  (3 Credits)  

This course provides materials science graduate student the fundamental knowledge, concepts, and current state of the art of inorganic and organic , photovaltaic materials, devices, and their applications. It also covers basic knowledgeable on sustained renewable energy and environmental conservations. The course will present the principles, materials structures, devices, architectures, advantages, and disadvantages of each material and devices, problems, and approaches to improve.

MSE 704  Thin Film Phenomena  (3 Credits)  

This is a core elective course, taken by materials science and engineering doctoral students during their first or second year. Students will learn about critical issues on thin film processing, characterizations and possible device applications.

MSE 770  Materials Science Doctoral Qualifiers  (0 Credits)  

To determine the preparation for doctoral research, each student will write a proposal outlining the scientific question that their project will address and the methods that they will use to address that question, after performing some preliminary research with their advisor. The proposal will also contain an examination of the validity of the chosen methods and any preliminary resultys as well as a timeline for the completion of the research. This proposal will be presented to a committee of faculty.

MSE 897  Research I  (1-9 Credits)  

This course provides Ph.D. in the Materials Science and Engineering program academic credit for working solely in the development of their Ph.D. thesis research project. Students are expected to spend considerable time in their research laboratories or in research related activities - between 35 and 40 hours a week - and consult with their research advisor often to ensure progress in the course towards completion of their doctoral research project.

MSE 898  Research II  (1-9 Credits)  

This course provides Ph.D. in the Materials Science and Engineering program academic credit for working solely in the development of their Ph.D. thesis research project. Students are expected to spend considerable time in their research laboratories or in research related activities - between 35 and 40 hours a week - and consult with their research advisor often to ensure progress in the course towards completion of their doctoral research project.

MSE 899  Research III  (1-9 Credits)  

This course provides Ph.D. in the Materials Science and Engineering program academic credit for working solely in the development of their Ph.D. thesis research project. Students are expected to spend considerable time in their research laboratories or in research related activities - between 35 and 40 hours a week - and consult with their research advisor often to ensure progress in the course towards completion of their doctoral research project.

MSE 900  Dissertation  (9 Credits)  

This course provides guidance for students who are, in the ?nal phase of their doctoral studies. , Students are expected to spend considerabletime preparing their dissertation manuscript and oral defense. Students must work closely with their research advisors to ensure progress inthe dissertation writing and thesis oral defense preparation.

MSE 999  Continuing Registration  (0 Credits)  

Students in the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering program register for MSE 999 while finalizing preparation of their thesis manuscript and oral defense, after fulfilling all requirements for the degree, except MSE 900, Ph.D. Dissertation.