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To enroll in these courses, please refer to the Materials Science and Engineering section of the College of Engineering's Graduate Catalog page.

 

MSE 405 - Structural Characterization of Materials - 4 Credit Hours
X-ray diffraction and fluorescence; scanning and transmission electron microscopy; microanalytical techniques.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Physics 232. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

MSE 421 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials II - 3 Credit Hours
Description of stress and strain. Linear elastic constitutive equations; isotropic and anisotropic moduli in various materials. Yield criteria; brittle fracture; crazing; plastic strain constitutive equations. Forming operations and limit criteria.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 302.

MSE 474 - Biomaterials - 3 Credit Hours
Metals, polymers, and ceramics utilized in orthopedic, cardiovascular, and dental surgical implant devices. Corrosion and degradation problems. Material properties of primary importance and tissue response to synthetic materials.
Cross-listed: (Same as Biomedical Engineering 474.) (RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.


• MSE 484 - Introduction to Maintainability Engineering - 3 Credit Hours
Cross-listed: (See Nuclear Engineering 484.)
- Principles of maintenance and reliability engineering, and maintenance management. Topics include information extraction from machinery measurements, rotating machinery diagnostics, nondestructive testing, life prediction, failure models, lubrication oil analysis, establishing predictive maintenance program, and computerized maintenance management systems.
Cross-listed: (Same as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 484; Industrial Engineering 484; Materials Science and Engineering 484; Mechanical Engineering 484.) Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ― senior or graduate standing. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 500 - Thesis - 1-15 Credit Hours
Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 501 - Introduction to Materials Research - 1-3 Credit Hours
Grading Restriction: S/NC Repeatability: May be repeated, maximum 9 hours. Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements

• MSE 502 - Registration for Use of Facilities - 1-15 Credit Hours
Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 503 - Graduate Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering - 1 Credit Hour
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students with MS, a maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students directly from BS, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. Comment(s): Admission to graduate program required.

• MSE 504 - Graduate Seminar in Polymer Engineering - 1 Credit Hour
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students with MS, a maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students directly from BS, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. Comment(s): Admission to graduate program required.

• MSE 506 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours
Cross-listed: (See Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 506.)
Formulation and solution of problems in chemical engineering and materials areas, ordinary and partial differential equations; types of ODE, PDE and solution techniques; transform methods; conformal mapping; variational methods; introduction to numerical methods. Cross-listed: (Same as Materials Science and Engineering 506.)

• MSE 511 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering I - 3 Credit Hours
Structure of materials: chemical bonding in materials, crystal structure, defects in crystals, diffraction.

• MSE 512 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering II - 3 Credit Hours
Mechanics of materials: Stress and strain at a point, elastic constitutive equations, phenomenological bulk behavior, deformation mechanisms.

• MSE 513 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering III - 3 Credit Hours
Thermodynamics of materials: thermodynamics, diffusion, phase diagram, kinetics.

• MSE 514 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering IV - 3 Credit Hours
Electronics, optics and magnetism: electrical and thermal conduction, quantum physics, band theory, dielectrics, magnetic and optical properties.

• MSE 515 - Diffusion, Phase Transformations, and Microstructure of Materials - 3 Credit Hours
Applications of diffusion to material processing. Diffusion in dilute and concentrated alloys. Thermo- and electro-transport in solids. Grain boundaries and interfaces. Grain boundary diffusion. Recovery, recrystallization, and grain growth. Thermally activated phase transformations. Diffusionless transformations. Recommended Background: 513.

• MSE 516 - Fundamentals of Plastic Deformation - 3 Credit Hours
Deformation and fracture of metals and alloys: dislocation theory, strengthening mechanisms, macro-scale descriptions of plasticity, fracture mechanics, fatigue, and time-dependent behavior. Recommended Background: 512.

• MSE 522 - Defects in Crystals - 3 Credit Hours
Analytical and experimental analysis of defect interactions in solids. Recommended Background: 421.

• MSE 525 - Welding Metallurgy - 3 Credit Hours
Welding processes; physical metallurgy of welding; phase transformations; heat flow; residual stresses; theories of hot cracking, cold cracking and porosity formation; applications to process utilization.

• MSE 527 - Welding Metallurgy II - 3 Credit Hours
The effect of the Welding Method on properties and performance for a full range of metallic alloys (e.g., Carbon and Alloy Steels, Stainless Steels, Aluminum and Ni Base Alloys) together with the effect of the specific joining process characteristics on Composite Materials, Ceramics and Plastics. Lecture and laboratory exercises. Recommended Background: 525.

• MSE 529 - Application of Linear Algebra in Engineering Systems - 3 Credit Hours
Cross-listed: (See Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 529.) Fundamental concepts of linear algebra to problems in engineering systems: steady state and dynamic systems. Geometric and physical interpretations of relevant concepts: least square problems, LU, QR, and SVD decompositions of system matrix, eigenvalue problems, and similarity transformations in solving difference and differential equations; numerical stability aspects of various algorithms; application of linear algebra concepts in control and optimization studies; introduction to linear programming. Computer projects. Cross-listed: (Same as Biomedical Engineering 529; Civil Engineering 529, Electrical and Computer Engineering 529; Environmental Engineering 529; Industrial Engineering 529; Materials Science and Engineering 529; Mechanical Engineering 529; Nuclear Engineering 529). Comment(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor required.

• MSE 532 - Metallurgy of Deformation and Fracture - 3 Credit Hours
Analysis of effect of stress state, strain rate, environment, temperature and metallurgical structure on mechanical behavior. Brittle fracture, creep, stress rupture and fatigue. Recommended Background: Course in mechanical behavior.

• MSE 539 - Polymer Engineering I - 3 Credit Hours
Molecular structure; shear thinning fluids and non-Newtonian rheology; rheometry; melt processing operations; molecular orientation; linear viscoelasticity; dynamic mechanical behavior; yield; fracture; mechanical properties of polymeric composites. Cross-listed: (Same as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 539.)

• MSE 540 - Basic Polymer Chemistry - 3 Credit Hours
Synthesis, reactions and degradation of polymers. Molecular characterization: solution methods and spectroscopy. Recommended Background: Semester of organic chemistry and thermodynamics.

• MSE 544 - Polymer Solution Thermodynamics and Characterization - 3 Credit Hours
Theories of solutions, statistical thermodynamics. Characterization, treatment of chromatography, viscosity, light scattering and osmotic pressure. Recommended Background: Undergraduate physical chemistry course.

• MSE 545 - Polymer Engineering Processing and Characterization Laboratory - 3 Credit Hours
Project-based polymer processing laboratory course. Groups of students will work on specific projects that involve polymer processing and characterization. Each semester-long project includes processing of polymer samples, characterization of mechanical and physical properties of the products, variation of processing parameters to determine effect on properties, and generation of oral and written reports. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 551 - Solar Photovoltaics - 3 Credit Hours
Underlying physics of semiconductor materials used as photovoltaics and a review of the current state of the art of the materials. Recommended Background: 350 or equivalent.

• MSE 552 - Laboratory Methods in Polymer Engineering - 3 Credit Hours
Basic experimental techniques and instrumentation associated with characterization, X-ray and light scattering, calorimetry, rheometry, mechanical properties of solid polymers, polymer processing operations. (RE) Corequisite(s): 540 or equivalent.

• MSE 553 - Nonwovens Science and Technology - 3 Credit Hours
Nonwoven fabric technology; different web forming processes; and relationships among the chemical, morphological and mechanical properties of fibers and orientation in webs to final performance properties of bonded structures. Recommended Background: Organic chemistry course or consent of instructor.

• MSE 556 - Materials for Energy - 3 Credit Hours
Underlying physics and operating principles of functional materials used in energy applications such as photovoltaics and photocatalysts, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and superconductors. Recommended Background: 350. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy Recommended Background with consent of instructor.

• MSE 567 - Magnetism and Magnetic Materials - 3 Credit Hours
Review of the atomic origin of magnetic moments and how these moments can be affected by their local environment. Properties, basic theory, and applications of para-, dia-, ferro-, ferri- and antiferromagnets. Novel magnetic phenomena and magnetic materials in modern technological applications. Recommended Background: 350.

• MSE 571 - Ion Beam Analysis of Materials - 3 Credit Hours
Fundamental aspects of modern ion beam analysis of materials, including elastic nuclear scattering, nuclear reaction analysis, ion beam channeling, and MeV ion microprobes. Cross-listed: (Same as: Nuclear Engineering 544.)

• MSE 572 - X-Ray Diffraction - 3 Credit Hours
Symmetry of crystals, space group theory, reciprocal lattice and application to definition of structures; powder and single crystal X-ray techniques; introduction to crystal structure determination; characterization of orientation; application to inorganic, metallic and polymer structures.

• MSE 573 - Fundamentals of Irradiation Effects in Nuclear Materials - 3 Credit Hours
Cross-listed: (See Nuclear Engineering 540.)
- Detailed analysis of the atomistic mechanisms controlling radiation damage and effects on materials in nuclear environments.

• MSE 576 - Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering - 3 Credit Hours
Topics of current significance and interest. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 578 - Advanced Biomaterials: Biological Applications of Nanomaterials - 3 Credit Hours
Focuses on the biological/medical uses of nanoscale materials. Includes the following topics: 0-d, 1-d, and 2-d nanomaterials synthesis and characterization with an emphasis on surface properties. Chemical and biological functionalization of nanomaterials and nano-bio interfaces. Biological and biomedical application of nanomaterials. Cross-listed: (Same as Biomedical Engineering 578.) Recommended Background: 474. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor.

• MSE 580 - Technical Review and Assessment - 3 Credit Hours
Preparation of critical review of literature in area related to materials science and engineering. Must be taken by students in the non-thesis option. Registration Permission: Consent of faculty committee.

• MSE 588 - Cell and Tissue-Biomaterials Interaction- 3 Credit Hours
Study of the fundamental principles involved in materials /cell and tissue interactions. Students will learn the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms in host response to biomaterials. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of biomaterials/neuronal cells and tissue interactions into the design of neural implants (sensors, scaffolds, and therapeutics delivery modalities, etc.). Cross-listed: (Same as Biomedical Engineering 588.) Recommended Background: 474. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor.

• MSE 600 - Doctoral Research and Dissertation - 3-15 Credit Hours
Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated.Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 611 - Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Phase Transformations, and Material Simulations at Small Length Scales - 3 Credit Hours
Covers fundamentals of thermodynamics of materials at small length scales, particularly as related to the dynamics of phase transformations. Topics will include fundamentals of statistical mechanics, mean-field Landau theory of phase transformations, and dynamics of phase transformations. Basics will be illustrated using various simulation methods, including molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, and phase-field modeling. Topics will be chosen according to time and student's interests. Recommended Background: 513. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 612 - Computational Plasticity and Micromechanics - 3 Credit Hours
Computational modeling and simulation methods will be introduced with applications in plasticity, fracture and fatigue, microstructural evolution, and material instability in engineering structural materials. Topics include the classic finite element method based on constitutive modeling, cohesive interface model, discrete dislocation dynamics, atomistic/continuum coupling techniques, and current research areas that are pertinent to the research efforts at UT and ORNL. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 630 - Thin Film Materials Processing - 3 Credit Hours
Students learn materials issues and thin film processing techniques used to manufacture semiconductor devices. Topics include basic vacuum technology, plasma physics, sputtering, evaporation (resistive, electron beam, laser ablation), chemical vapor deposition, and etching. The mechanisms of each process are explored and relevant material chemistries are discussed. Thin film growth models are also explained and processing variables are related to material properties. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 639 - Polymer Engineering II - 3 Credit Hours
Advanced topics in polymer rheology and mechanical behavior. Entangled and unentangled polymer dynamics, elastic behavior of melts; branched polymers; twin screw extrusion; blends; continuum modeling; thermoset processing; drawing operations; rubber toughening; thermoplastic elastomers; adhesion; radiation processing. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 644 - Optoelectronic Processes in Polymeric Materials - 3 Credit Hours
Introduces fundamental molecular orbital and energy band theories and discusses (1) optical and electronic properties of polymeric materials, (2) principles, design and characterization of polymer optoelectronic devices, and (3) applications of laser spectroscopy in polymer characterizations. The focus is to understand electron related processes and optoelectronic characterizations of polymeric materials and devices. The fundamentals of laser spectroscopy are also explained in determining structure-property relationships in polymer research. Recommended Background: 543 or equivalent. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 650 - Mechanical Behavior of Solids at Elevated Temperatures - 3 Credit Hours
Metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites will be included. Topics include: temperature effect on stress-strain behavior, anelasticity, damping, creep, creep mechanisms, strengthening at high temperatures, creep rupture, deformation map and engineering application, environmental effects, high-temperature indentation, high temperature plastic forming, superplasticity, creep-fatigue interaction, life prediction. Provides scientific knowledge to face and solve material problems encountered in high temperature applications. Recommended Background: 512. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 652 - High Performance Fibers - 3 Credit Hours
Reviews the structure and properties of fibers and fiber formation methods, and discuss the principles of forming high performance fibers. Topics that will be covered include HS HM PE fibers, gel spinning , PVA fibers, HSHM fibers from cellulose, Nylon66 & PET, LC Polymers, fiber formation from LCPs, aromatic fibers, flame resistant organic fibers, carbon fibers, inorganic fibers, nanofibers, optical fibers, biodegradable fibers, absorbent fibers, etc. Recommended Background: 553. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 666 - Nanoindentation and Small-Scale Contact Mechanics - 3 Credit Hours
Basic principles of elastic and plastic contact as they influence the measurement of mechanical properties by load and depth sensing indentation methods. Application of nanoindentation techniques to small scale mechanical characterization of metals, ceramics, and polymers. Recommended Background: 512. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 672 - Introduction to Transmission EM and Electron Diffraction - 3 Credit Hours
Fundamentals of electron scattering, reciprocal space, the Ewald Sphere construction. Basic electron optics, operation of the transmission electron microscope TEM (includes some laboratory sessions) and sample preparation. The kinematical theory of imaging of perfect and imperfect crystals in the TEM. Problems with the kinematic theory. Introduction to the dynamical theory of TEM imaging. The effect of inelastic scattering in the TEM. Fundamentals of analytical electron microscopy. The Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) and its relation to the TEM. Recommended Background: 405 or 511 or 572. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 673 - Introduction to Scanned Probe Microscopies - 3 Credit Hours
A survey of techniques for surface imaging and characterization. Young's Topografiner, field emission, and the beginning of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Practical operation of the STM (includes laboratory sessions). Image resolution and interpretation in the STM, analytical STM imaging. The theory and control of feedback loops in SPM. The generalized Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). Theory of operation of AFM, limits to resolution, and image interpretation (includes laboratory session). Important variants of the SPM including scanning capacitance, scanning near field optical, and scanning thermal microscopes. The metrology of nanoscale structures. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 674 - Materials Physics - 3 Credit Hours
Starts with the description of the electronic states in regular crystals, and extends it to surfaces, interfaces, defects, amorphous and liquid state and strongly correlated electron systems including magnetism. Also, advanced experimental methods to study the electronic states and atomic structure are discussed. Recommended Background: 511 and 514. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 675 - Advanced Structural Analysis - 3 Credit Hours
Introduces graduate students in materials science, physics, chemistry and biochemistry to modern methods of structural characterization using x-rays and neutrons. After a quick review of the basics, theories and practices necessary to carry out and utilize these advanced techniques will be covered. Recommended Background: 511 and 514. Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisites, with consent of instructor. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

• MSE 676 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering - 3 Credit Hours
Latest developments and/or advanced special topics. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

• MSE 678 - Seminar in Recent Advances in Materials Science and Engineering - 3 Credit Hours
Directed and independent study of advanced topics. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

•MSE 680 - Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy - 3 Credit Hours
Advanced electron diffraction methods, that use dynamic diffraction contrast and higher order Laue zones especially in convergent beam electron diffraction. High resolution electron microscopy and its image simulations. Atomic resolution Z-contrast and analytical transmission electron microscopy. This course requires a basic understanding of TEM and crystallography and will concentrate on analysis of data with free software. This class will focus on simulation and quantification of EELS spectra, and simulation and interpretation of atomic resolution imaging and diffraction pattern. Recommended Background: 405 or 511 or 572, 672 or 673. Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.


 

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