Sample Courses

Inorganic and Polymer Materials Chemistry

Fashioned to illustrate how inorganic and polymer materials chemistry can be rationally used to synthesize superconductors, metals, semiconductors, ceramics, elastomers, thermoplastics, thermosets and polymer liquid crystals, with properties that can be tailored for applications in a range of advanced technologies. Coverage is fairly broad and is organized to crosscut many aspects of the field.

MSE358 – Structure and Characterization of Nanostructured Materials

This course deals with both the theoretical and experimental interpretation of the structure and chemistry of nanostructured materials. The structural characteristics of self-assembled clusters, nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes and quantum dots, as well as three-dimensional bulk nanocrystalline materials and their defect structures will be discussed in detail. Experimental techniques for characterizing their structure and chemistry will be described including electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, xray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary-ion mass spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.

ECE442 – Introduction to Micro- and Nano-Fabrication Technologies

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of micro- and nano-fabrication processes with emphasis on cleanroom practices. Discussion topics include: the physical principles of optical lithography; electron-beam lithography; alternative nanolithography techniques; thin film deposition and metrology methods; the physical and chemical processes of wet and dry etching; cleanroom concepts and safety protocols; sequential microfabrication processes involved in the manufacture of microelectronic and photonic devices; imaging and characterization of micro- and nano-structures; and examples of practical existing and emerging micro- and nano-devices.

MSE459 – Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials

This course explores the various synthesis techniques to produce nanostructured materials. These include methods involving the vapor phase (physical and chemical vapor deposition, organometallic chemical vapor deposition), the liquid phase (rapid solidification, spark erosion), the solid phase, (mechanical attrition, equal channel deformation) as well techniques producing these structures from solution
(electrodeposition, electroless processing, precipitation). Secondary processing techniques to produce final products or devices will also be discussed.