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Materials Science and Engineering (M S E)

Graduate Courses |

Richard Lesar, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors: Gschneidner, Pecharsky, Thiel, Thompson, Trivedi
Distinguished Professors (Emeritus): Verhoeven
University Professors: S. Martin
Professors: Akinc, Chumbley, Genalo, Gleeson, Kushner, Lesar, Mallapragada, McGee, Rajan, Russell, Shechtman
Professors (Emeritus): Larsen, D. Martin, Patterson, Smith, Wechsler, Wilder
Professors (Adjunct): Anderson, McCallum
Professors (Collaborators): Tsukruk
Associate Professors: Bowler, Constant, Napolitano, Ustundag
Associate Professors (Adjunct): Biner, Kramer
Assistant Professors: Kessler, Lin, Tan
Assistant Professors (Adjunct): Selby

Graduate Study

The department offers work toward the following advanced degrees:

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering.

Built on a foundation of thermodynamics, kinetics of phase transformations, mechanical behavior, physical properties, solid state science, and the structure and chemistry of materials, the graduate program offers advanced studies in many areas of Materials Science and Engineering, including the design and control of materials for structural, electronic, photonic, magnetic, optical, and biological functionality. Graduates of the program have a fundamental understanding of the critical aspects of the field and how they are applied to real materials systems. The program is highly flexible and research-oriented, where students work carefully with their major professor in tailoring the various academic and research components to meet their interests.

With the ability to address complex problems in materials science while considering the various constraints inherent to both academic and industrial environments, our graduates are well prepared for a wide range of academic and research-related careers. They are skilled in carrying out independent and collaborative research, able to communicate effectively in formal and informal settings, and are proficient at writing persuasive technical articles and grant proposals.

The department boasts excellent facilities for academic materials research, maintaining a wide range of faculty laboratories across the ISU campus. In addition, departmental research is highly integrated with the operation of several Research Centers, such as the Ames Laboratory, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, the Microelectronics Research Center, and the Center for Advanced Technology Development. These laboratories offer excellent resources and opportunities for graduate stduent research.

Prerequisite to major graduate work is completion of an undergraduate curriculum in physical science, biological science, or engineering discipline. Graduate students from disciplines other than Materials Science and Engineering may expect that supplemental coursework will be needed, in addition to the required graduate coursework. Well qualified students (juniors) enrolled in the undergraduate Materials Engineering program at Iowa State University can apply to the Graduate College for admission to the concurrent enrollment program, where students may simultaneously pursue both M.S. and B.S. degrees.

The requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are established by the student's program of study committee within the established guidelines of the Graduate College. Minimum requirements include coursework, research, proposal, preliminary oral examination (Ph.D. only), dissertation, and a final oral examination. Academic coursework requirements include 18 credits for the M.S. degree and 26 credits for the Ph.D., with additional specifc rules for choices available from the department:

There are no foreign language requirements for either of the graduate degrees administered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Graduate students wishing to declare a formal minor in Materials Science and Engineering will have at least one M S E faculty member serving on their Program of Study Committee. For the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, they will take a minimum of 8 and 12 M S E course credits, respectively.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

M S E 510. Fundamentals of Structure and Chemistry of Materials. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Math 165, Phys 221, and Chem 167. Geometric and algebraic representations of symmetry. Pair distribution function. Structure, chemistry, and basic properties of covalent, ionic, and metallic solids, glasses and liquids, and polymers. Interactions of materials with particles and waves. Relationships between direct and reciprocal spaces. The kinematical theory of diffraction, with an introduction to the dynamical theory.

M S E 520. Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Multicomponent Materials. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Mat E 212 or Chem 321, Math 266. A review of the fundamental principles of heat, work, basic thermodynamic relations, and criteria for equilibrium. Analytical treatments for the thermodynamic description of multicomponent chemical solutions and reacting systems are developed and employed to predict phase equilibria in materials systems. Builds on the thermodynamic construction to treat the kinetics of chemical reactions and phase transformations. Topics include general first order and second order transitions, along with chemical diffusion. Detailed examples involving nucleation and diffusion limited growth, spinodal decomposition, martensitic transformations, magnetic and electric transitions, and glass formation will be considered.

M S E 521. Mechanical Behavior and Manufacturing of Polymers and Composites. (Cross-listed with M E). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: ME 324 or Mat E 272 and E M 324. Effect of chemical structure and morphology on properties. Linear viscoelasticity, damping and stress relaxation phenomena. Structure and mechanics of filler and fiber reinforced composites. Mechanical properties and failure mechanisms. Material selection and designing with polymers. Processing of polymer and composite parts.

M S E 530. Solid State Science. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Mat E 331 or E E 332 or Phys 322. Development of a quantitative description of the electronic structure of solids starting with fundamentals of atoms, atomic bonding, basic crystallography, and band theory of solids. Continuum properties of solids in response to electromagnetic fields and thermal gradients. Quantitative description of the atomistic properties of solids through electron-electron interactions, electron-phonon interactions, and dipole interactions.

M S E 540. Mechanical Behavior of Materials. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Mat E 318, Math 266. Mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on micromechanics of deformation in three generic regimes: elasticity, plasticity, and fracture. A materials science approach is followed to understand and model the mechanical behavior that combines continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetics, and microstructure. Some topics include elastic properties of materials, permanent deformation mechanisms at different temperatures (e.g., via dislocation motion and creep), and fracture in ductile and brittle materials. Specific classes of materials that are studied: metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses and composites.

M S E 550. Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation. (Cross-listed with E M). (3-2) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: E M 324, Math 385. Principles of five basic NDE methods and their application in engineering inspections. Materials behavior and simple failure analysis. NDE reliability, and damage-tolerant design. Advanced methods such as acoustic microscopy, laser ultrasonics, thermal waves, computed tomography, and thermoelectrics are analyzed. Laboratory experiments on all basic methods: ultrasonics, eddy currents, x-ray, liquid penetrants, magnetic testing, and visual inspection are performed.

M S E 551. Characterization Methods in Materials Science. (2-3) Cr. 3. Prereq: Mat E 214 or equivalent. Characterization of ceramic, metal, polymer and glassy materials using modern analytical techniques. Spectroscopic (IR, Raman, UV/VIS/NIR, and NMR), thermal (DSC, DTA/TGA, and DMA) methods, mechanical and rheological testing, magnetic and electrical characterization, and powder characterization.

M S E 552. Scanning and Auger Electron Microscopy. (2-3) Cr. 3. Prereq: Phys 222. Characterization of materials using scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron microprobe, and auger spectrometer. Compositional determination using energy and wavelength dispersive x-ray and Auger spectroscopies. Specimen preparation. Laboratory covers SEM operation.

M S E 553. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Polymers. (Dual-listed with 453). (2-3) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Mat E 351. (Dual-listed with Mat E) Overview of polymer chemical composition, microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties, rheology, and principles of polymer materials selection. Intensive laboratory experiments include chemical composition studies, microstructural characterization, thermal analysis, and mechanical testing.

M S E 554. Polymer Composites and Processing. (Dual-listed with 454). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Mat E 351. (Dual-listed with Mat E) Basic concepts in polymer composites, phase separation and miscibility, microstructures and mechanical behavior. Polymer surfaces and interfaces, rubber toughened plastics, thermoplastic elastomers, block copolymers, fiber reinforced and laminated composites. Techniques of polymer processing and materials selection. Viscosity and rheology of polymers.

M S E 555. Advanced Polymer Materials. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Mat E 351. Overview of basic principles of polymeric materials and the latest developments. Recently introduced polymeric materials (functional block-copolymers, biomedical, conductive, nanocomposites, electrooptical, non-linear optical polymers) and prospective applications in functional coatings, artificial implants, microelectronics, nanodevices, chemo/bio-sensors, and optical computing.

M S E 556. Biomaterials. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Mat E 211 or 272. Presentation of the basic chemical and physical properties of biomaterials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers, as they are related to their manipulation by the engineer for incorporation into living systems. Role of microstructure properties in the choice of biomaterials and design of artificial organs, implants, and prostheses.

M S E 564. Fracture and Fatigue. (Cross-listed with E M, M E). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: E M 324 and either Mat E 211 or 272. Undergraduates: Permisison of instructor. Materials and mechanics approach to fracture and fatigue. Fracture mechanics, brittle and ductile fracture, fracture and fatigue characteristics, fracture of thin films and layered structures. Fracture and fatigue tests, mechanics and materials designed to avoid fracture or fatigue.

M S E 569. Mechanics of Composite and Combined Materials. (Cross-listed with E M). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: E M 324. Mechanics of fiber-reinforced materials. Micromechanics of lamina. Macromechanical behavior of lamina and laminates. Strength and interlaminar stresses of laminates. Failure criteria. Stress analysis of laminates. Thermal moisture and residual stresses. Joints in composites.

M S E 570. Toying With Technology for Practicing Teachers. (Cross-listed with C I). (2-0) Cr. 2. SS. Prereq: C I 201, non-engineering major. A project-based, hands-on learning course. Technology literacy, appreciation for technological innovations, principles behind many technological innovations, hands-on experiences based upon simple systems constructed out of LEGOs and controlled by small microcomputers. Other technological advances with K-12 applications will be explored. K-12 teachers will leave the course with complete lesson plans for use in their classrooms.

M S E 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

M S E 599. Creative Component. Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Courses primarily for graduate students

M S E 610. Academic Teaching Practices. (2-0) Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Provides instruction and directed experience in undergraduate level teaching practices. Students engage in lesson planning, classroom/laboratory teaching, student and course assessment, web-based lessons, and other aspects of academic course delivery. Satisfactory-fail only.

M S E 620. Fundamentals of Phase Transformations. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: MSE 520. Explores various advanced theoretical treatments of the energetics and kinetics of multicomponent materials. Topics include analytical and computational descriptions of thermodynamic quantities, experimental measurement of essential physical properties, analytical and computational treatments of kinetic processes, and the use of theoretical predictions of phase equilibria and evolution in materials systems.

M S E 630. Physical Properties of Solids. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: MSE 530. Advanced course in the behavior of solids within the framework of solid state physics and chemistry. Includes magnetic, dielectric, transport, and optical phenomena in solids. Influence of phase transformations and crystal symmetry on the physical properties.

M S E 651. Powder Diffraction Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: MSE 510. Advanced course in structural characterization of materials using powder diffraction. Production of X-ray and neutron radiation. Review of symmetry, group theory and kinematical theory of diffraction. Mathematical and computational backgrounds relevant to processing of powder diffraction data. Introduction to single crystal diffraction methods, Origin of powder diffraction pattern and history of the technique. Modern powder diffraction methods. Indexing of powder diffraction patterns, figures of merit and precise lattice parameters. Phase problem, determining crystal structures from symmetry and geometry, and Patterson, direct and Fourier methods. Rietveled method and precise crystal structures: atomic parameters, qualitative and quantitative phase identification, preferred orientation, grain size, strain, residual stress, and order-disorder. Powder diffraction at non-ambient conditions. Other applications of powder diffraction method: data bases, phase transformations, phas

M S E 652. Transmission Electron Microscopy. (3-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 534. Characterization of inorganic materials using TEM. Selected area and convergent beam electron diffraction, bright field/dark field/high resolution imaging. Compositional analysis using x-ray and electron energy loss spectroscopy.

M S E 690. Advanced Topics in Materials Science. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

M S E 697. Engineering Internship. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department, graduate classification. One semester and one summer maximum per academic year professional work period. Satisfactory-fail only.

M S E 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.