Under Graduate Courses

 

Below are the courses of the undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering programme.

MATLS 1M03 Structure and Properties of Materials
An introduction to the structure of both crystalline and amorphous solids; the physical and chemical basis for properties exhibited by materials; an overview of material properties including mechanical, electrical, magnetic and thermal behaviour.  SUMMER 2013 Course Notes

MATLS 2B03 Thermodynamics of Materials
Thermodynamics of gases and critical phenomena. The three laws of thermodynamics applied to materials processing. An introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

MATLS 2D03 Solutions Thermodynamics
Thermodynamicactivity in solid and liquid systems: Gibbs energy of solutions; binary phase diagrams; equilibrium constant; reaction equilibria in gases; Ellingham diagrams.

MATLS 2H04 Measurements and Communication All Students Must Attend the First Lecture.
Basic experimental, simulation and data collection skills relating to materials structure and propoerties. Written and presentation skills development through lab report writing, assignments and plant visits.

MATLS 2X03 Crystalline Structure of Materials
Crystal geometry, point groups, space groups, x-ray diffraction methods for the determination of crystalline structures and chemical compositions, electron and neutron diffraction methods, microanalysis, crystalline defects, physical properties of crystals, crystal growth, phase analysis, phase diagrams, phase transitions, protein crystallography.

MATLS 3B03 Materials Production
Surface science and technology related to the preparation of fine particles of minerals, metals and ceramics for industrial production. Application of electrochemistry for diverse materials processing, such as electrometallurgy, thin film production and anodizing.

MATLS 3C04 Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Systems
Reaction equilibria in solution; stability diagrams; ternary phase diagrams; aqueous and high temperature electrochemistry; use of computerized thermodynamic databases.

MATLS 3E04 Mass Transfer
Phenomenological and mechanistic approaches to diffusion; boundary conditions; diffusion in fluids and solids; point defects in solids.

MATLS 3F03 High-Temperature Materials Production
Fundamentals of processing, building on a knowledge of heat and mass transfer. High temperature processing of materials, focusing on heat sources, solid state processing of powders and liquid state processing, high temperature production routes for most important metals.

MATLS 3J03 Statistical Methods for Materials Engineers
Introduction to probability. Linear and non-linear regression analysis, multi-response estimation, design of experiments including factorial and optimal design, statistical process control. Emphasis on analysis of industrial problems.

MATLS 3M03 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
How materials are made strong, tough, ductile, formable. How to prevent failures. Materials selection using computer databases.

MATLS 3Q03 Materials for Electronic Applications
Fundamental properties of materials used in electronic applications, operation of devices and fabricaiton methods of electronic circuits and packaging.  Includes description of dielectric, magnetic and optoelectronic properties.

MATLS 3T04 Phase Transformations
Review of thermodynamics, binary phase diagrams and solid state diffusion. Role of interfaces; solidification, diffusional and martensitic transformations; welding; oxidation. Materiallographic examination is featured in laboratory work.

MATLS 4C03 Modern Iron and Steelmaking
Theory and practice of iron making. New processes for reduced energy consumption and pollution. Thermodynamics and kinetics of steel making. Steel refining. Casting, including new near net shape technologies. Specialty steelmaking.

MATLS 4D03 Materials and the Environment
The environments experienced by engineering materials in service, and economic methods of ensuring their survival. The basic science of high temperature oxidation and aqueous corrosion leads to an appreciation for methods of corrosion control.

MATLS 4FF3 Synthesis, Applications and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials
Synthesis routes for nanomaterials, bottom-up and top-down approaches, green chemistry methods, properties of materials: carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, quantum dots. Environmental and health impact of nanomaterials.

MATLS 4G03 Characterization of Nanomaterials
Interaction of electrons and photons with matter. Imaging methods with electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray absorption analysis with high spatial resolution.

MATLS 4H03 Thin Films Science and Engineering
Deposition and fabrication techniques, surfaces, growth mechanisms, epitaxy, kinetic effects in thin films, defects and properties of thin films. Materials for packaging.

MATLS 4I03 Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
Sustainable development, traditional economic growth, materials cycles, methods for measuring environmental impact, life cycle analysis, waste treatment technologies and recycling technologies. Assessment will consist of a combination of individual assignments and a group project.

MATLS 4K06 Senior Thesis
Individual experimental research problem with a selected supervisor. A preliminary written and oral report is required at the end of the first term. The thesis is defended orally. A minimum of six unscheduled hours each week, both terms. (Note: There are some restrictions on enrollment in this course.)

MATLS 4L04 Materials Manufacturing
A sequence of experiments based on processing methods used in industry. Plant visits with oral and written reports. Seminars and discussions by personnel from industry on manufacturing.

MATLS 4N03 Hydrogen, Solar & Nuclear Materials
Fundamental physics of materials used in non-fossil energy technologies. Solar cells, irradiation damage and nuclear materials, modern battery materials, fuel cells.

MATLS 4NN3 Computational Modelling in Materials Engineering
Introduction to numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer processes, microstructure development in alloys, interface properties and simple atomic and molecular modelling.

MATLS 4P03 Properties of Polymeric Materials
Structure of amorphous and crystalline polymeric materials; mechanical, electrical and optical properties, and their modification through processing.

MATLS 4R03 Ceramic Science
The unique properties of structural and functional ceramics are explored, including ferro-electric, piezo-electric and magnetic ceramics, clays, porcelains and refractories. The importance of processing for achieving properties is emphasized.

MATLS 4T03 Properties and Processing of Composites
Intrinsic properties of matrix materials and fibres; mechanics and thermodynamics of interfaces; mechanical properties and fabrication of engineering composites.

MATLS 4Z06 Industrial Projects
Projects, in cooperation with industry, involving materials design in manufacturing, complemented by lectures in group problem solving and design methodology.

ENGINEER 4J03 Materials Fabrication
Offered jointly by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Processing methods for a wide range of materials, including metals, ceramics and plastics. The analytical basis for understanding and optimizing materials processes. Exercises in mathematical modeling and the use of software packages to optimize processes.

ENGINEER 4T04 Materials Selection in Design and Manufacturing
Importance of materials selection in design and manufacturing, overview of materials properties, materials selection charts, performance indices, case studies with simple and complex design constraints, fabrication process selection.