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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
ENMA180
Materials Science and Engineering: The Field and the Future
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in a major in ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Overview of the profession and the components of the Materials Science and Engineering program. Students will become familiar with the departmental faculty, areas of specialization within MSE, professional society student chapter, research opportunities and other resources available to students.
ENMA300
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Materials Engineering
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENES100; and permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Corequisite: MATH241.
Recommended: PHYS261 and PHYS260.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
Cross-listed with ENME382.
Credit only granted for: ENMA300 or ENME382.
Structure of materials, chemical composition, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Materials selection in engineering applications.
ENMA312
Experimental Methods in Materials Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300.
Corequisite: ENMA460.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Introduction to experimental methods in materials characterization; synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles; X-ray diffraction and light scattering; optical microscopy; thermal conductivity and expansion; electrical measurements; heat capacity; computational materials design.
ENMA362
(Perm Req)
Mechanical Properties
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Overview of Mechanical Behavior, Elastic Behavior, Dislocations, Plastic Deformation, Strengthening of Crystalline Materials, Composite Materials, High Temperature Deformation of Crystalline Materials, Permanent Deformation of Noncrystalline Materials, Tensile Fracture at Low Temperatures, Engineering Aspects of Fracture, High Temperature Fracture, Fatigue, and Experimental determination of Mechanical Properties including Hardness of Metals and Strength of Metals, Polymers, Ceramics and Composites.
For ENMA majors only.
ENMA400
Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300, MATH206, and ENMA460.
Recommended: Basic knowledge in quantum mechanics (preferred but not required); basic knowledge in statistical mechanics (preferred but not required).
Also offered as: ENMA600.
Credit only granted for: ENMA489A, ENMA400, ENMA698A, or ENMA600.
Formerly: ENMA489A.
This is an introductory course designed to study atomistic modeling and simulation techniques used in materials research. This course covers the theories, methods, and applications of atomistic-scale modeling techniques in simulating, understanding, and predicting the properties of materials. Specific topics include: molecular statics using empirical force fields; quantum mechanical methods including density functional theory; molecular dynamics simulations; and Monte Carlo and kinetic Monte Carlo modeling.
ENMA416
(Perm Req)
Lithium Battery Fundamentals, Safety, and Assembly
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of the department.
Focus on the real-world considerations that allow for safe battery implementation into actual products while providing the opportunity to assemble functional battery cells. Fundamental electrochemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and material properties and their impact on cell and battery pack design, performance, and safety for lithium chemistry batteries will be explored. The lab will include hands-on experimental and design projects centered on cell design, performance, and the causes and effects of thermal runaway in lithium batteries. Site visits to battery research centers and manufacturers are planned.
ENMA437
(Perm Req)
Machine Learning for Materials Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH206, ENMA300, and MATH461.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Jointly offered with: ENMA637.
Credit only granted for: ENMA489L, ENMA437 or ENMA637.
Formerly: ENMA489L.
Familiarizes students with basic as well as state of the art knowledge of machine learning and its applications to materials science and engineering. Covers the range of machine learning topics with applications including feature identification and extraction, determining predictive descriptors, uncertainty analysis, and identifying the most informative experiment to perform next. One focus of the class is to build the skills necessary for developing an autonomous materials research system, where machine learning controls experiment design, execution, and analysis in a closed-loop.
ENMA441
(Perm Req)
Characterization of Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300, ENMA165 or MATH206.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department; and senior standing.
Credit only granted for: ENMA489T or ENMA441.
Formerly: ENMA489T.
Techniques to characterize the properties of materials whose characteristic dimensions range from nanometers to macroscopic. These include conventional crystalline and noncrystalline materials, with a special attention to materials of current technological interest. The course will include recent results from the scientific literature.
ENMA460
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS271, PHYS270, and MATH241.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in the Engineering: Materials Science program or Physics program.
Cross-listed with: PHYS431.
Credit only granted for: ENMA460 or PHYS431.
Additional information: Materials Engineering students take ENMA460 and Physics students take PHYS431.
Classes of materials; introduction to basic ideal and real materials' behavior including mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical responses of materials; importance of microstructure in behavior. One application of each property will be discussed in detail.
ENMA464
Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300. Or permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department; and permission of instructor.
Introduction to the phenomena associated with the resistance of materials to damage under severe environmental conditions. Oxidation, corrosion, stress corrosion, corrosion fatigue and radiation damage are examined from the point of view of mechanism and influence on the properties of materials. Methods of corrosion protection and criteria for selection of materials for use in radiation environments.
ENMA466
Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA465; and permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
This course allows students an opportunity to study advanced materials systems in depth through a combination of lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments. Students will be trained in materials processing and characterization techniques. Each student will fabricate materials and devices in our state-of-the-art nanofabrication clean room facility (Fablab), as well as evaluate them using a variety of characterization techniques.
ENMA471
(Perm Req)
Kinetics, Diffusion and Phase Transformations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ENMA461.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; or permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Fundamentals of diffusion, the kinetics of reactions including nucleation and growth and phase transformations in materials.
ENMA486
Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Engineering: Materials Science program.
Current research in materials science and engineering and related fields. The lectures are presented by scientists and engineers from academia, national laboratory, US government, etc., in the format of seminars.
ENMA487
(Perm Req)
Capstone Preparation
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Engineering: Materials Science program; and senior standing; and permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
In preparation for the senior level design course, students will do background research and develop white papers from which teams will form around short listed design projects. The projects should focus on a society, industry, military or technological based problem in Materials Science and Engineering leading to a design and strategy to address the problem in the following course, ENMA 490. The course will include written and oral presentations of the white papers and team proposals.
ENMA489M
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Engineering Materials; Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Credit only granted for ENEE419M, ENMA489M, or BIOE489J.

An interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with an overview of key processes, technology, and manufacturing techniques involved in fabricating advanced devices and systems. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art fabrication technologies including soft lithography, 3D printing, hybrid manufacturing, material functionalization, and systems integration. In addition to developing a theoretical understanding in the classroom, students will gain hands-on fabrication and characterization experience of systems that can interface with complex environments.
ENMA495
Polymeric Engineering Materials I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA300.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Study of polymeric engineering materials and the relationship to structural type. Elasticity, viscoelasticity, anelasticity and plasticity of single and multiphase materials. Emphasis is on polymetric materials.
ENMA499
(Perm Req)
Senior Laboratory Project
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENMA600
Advanced Atomistic Modeling in Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Credit only granted for: ENMA600, ENMA 698A, ENMA400 or ENMA489A.
Formerly: ENMA698A.
This is an advanced course designed to study atomistic modeling and simulation techniques used in materials research. This course covers the theories, methods, and applications of atomistic-scale modeling techniques in simulating, understanding, and predicting the properties of materials. Specific topics include: molecular statics using empirical force fields; quantum mechanical methods including density functional theory; molecular dynamics simulations; and Monte Carlo and kinetic Monte Carlo modeling.
ENMA616
Lithium Battery Fundamentals, Safety, and Assembly
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: .
Restriction: Permission of the department.
Jointly offered with: ENMA416.
Credit only granted for: ENMA416 or ENMA616.
Focus on the real-world considerations that allow for safe battery implementation into actual products while providing the opportunity to assemble functional battery cells. Fundamental electrochemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and material properties and their impact on cell and battery pack design, performance, and safety for lithium chemistry batteries will be explored. The lab will include hands-on experimental and design projects centered on cell design, performance, and the causes and effects of thermal runaway in lithium batteries. Site visits to battery research centers and manufacturers are planned.
ENMA626
Fundamentals of Failure Mechanisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering.
Cross-listed with: ENRE600.
Credit only granted for: ENMA626, ENMA698M, ENMA698R, or ENRE600.
Advanced failure mechanisms in reliability engineering wiil be taught from a basic materials and defects point of view. The methods of predicting the physics of failure of devices, materials, components and systems are reviewed. The main emphasis will be given to basic degradation mechanisms through understanding the physics, chemistry, and mechanics of such mechanisms. Mechanical failures are introduced through understanding fatigue, creep and yielding in materials, devices and components. The principles of cumulative damage and mechanical yielding theory are taught. The concepts of reliability growth, accelerated life testing, environmental testing are introduced. Physical, chemical and thermal related failures are introduced through a basic understanding of degradation mechanisms such as diffusion, electromigration, defects and defect migration. The failure mechanisms in basic material types will be taught. Failure mechanisms observed in real electronic devices and electronic packaging will also be presented. Problems related to manufacturing, and microelectronics will be analyzed. Mechanical failures are emphasized from the point of view of complex fatigue theory.
ENMA633
(Perm Req)
Advanced Characterization of Soft Matter Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Cross-listed with: CHPH633.
Credit only granted for: ENMA633 or CHPH633.
This course is focused on both the theories and experimental works of studying structure and dynamics of soft matter materials using scattering techniques (light, x-ray and neutron scattering). These scattering techniques can probe the structure from a few Angstrom to micrometer and the dynamics from picosecond to second, are thus widely used to reveal the structure-performance relationship of different materials. The course discusses the physics principles of these techniques and explains the details of general theories and commonly used models in characterizing soft matter materials such as polymer, protein, colloidal, thin film, and gel systems.
ENMA637
(Perm Req)
Machine Learning for Materials Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH461.
Recommended: Python knowledge.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Jointly offered with: ENMA437.
Credit only granted for: ENMA437, ENMA489L, or ENMA637.
Familiarizes students with basic as well as state of the art knowledge of machine learning and its applications to materials science and engineering. Covers the range of machine learning topics with applications including feature identification and extraction, determining predictive descriptors, uncertainty analysis, and identifying the most informative experiment to perform next. One focus of the class is to build the skills necessary for developing an autonomous materials research system, where machine learning controls experiment design, execution, and analysis in a closed-loop.
ENMA641
(Perm Req)
Nanotechnology Characterization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Credit only granted for: ENMA698T or ENMA641.
Formerly: ENMA698T.
Techniques to characterize the properties of materials whose characteristic dimensions are a few to a few hundred nanometers, including conventional nanocrystalline materials, but concentrating on novel nanomaterials: carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, quantum wires, and quantum wells are covered. The emphasis is on recent results from the scientific literature concerning those properties that make nanostructures interesting: quantum effects, novel transport phenomena, enhanced mechanical properties associated with localization and with small crystallite size.
ENMA650
(Perm Req)
Nanometer Structure of Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA460; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
The basic concepts required for understanding nanostructured materials and their behavior will be covered. Topics covered include the structural aspects of crystalline and amorphous solids and relationships to bonding types, point and space groups. Summary of diffraction theory and practice. The reciprocal lattice. Relationships of the microscopically measured properties to crystal symmetry. Structural aspects of defects in crystalline solids.
ENMA660
(Perm Req)
Thermodynamics in Materials Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: ENMA650.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Thermodynamics of engineering solids. Thermal, diffusional and mechanical interactions in macroscopic systems. Systems in thermal contact, systems in thermal and diffusive contact, systems in thermal and mechanical contact.
ENMA664
Advanced Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENMA664 or ENMA698K.
Formerly: ENMA698K.
Introduction to the phenomena associated with the resistance of materials to damage under severe environmental conditions. Oxidation, corrosion, stress corrosion, corrosion fatigue and radiation damage are examined from the point of view of mechanism and influence on the properties of materials. Methods of corrosion protection and criteria for selection of materials for use in radiation related environments.
ENMA680
(Perm Req)
Determination of Structure, Chemical Composition and Defects in Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENMA650.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Basic principles of electron microscopy theory, electron diffraction, and imaging theory. The electron beam sample interaction that gives rise to different signals is related to the structural and compositional information that is obtained from a sample using a TEM. The most common TEM techniques for structural characterization of a sample, namely, electron diffraction, bright/dark field imaging, and high resolution lattice imaging are discussed. Compositional information obtained from x-ray fluorescence and electron energy loss as well as the resolution of these techniques is also covered. A description of techniques used to study magnetic materials is also presented.
ENMA683
(Perm Req)
Structural Determination Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering department.
Credit only granted for: ENMA698L or ENMA683.
Formerly: ENMA698L.
The operation of an electron microscope is covered. TEM techniques that are used to characterize the structure, defects and composition of a sample are presented and used to study a variety of materials. These techniques are: electron diffraction patterns, bright/dark field imaging, high resolution lattic imaging and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Also covers different sample preparation techniques for TEM. The goal is that the students become independent users of the TEM.
ENMA688
Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENMA698
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENMA797
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course is designed to provide students with a directed independent study course in order to prepare the scholarly paper required for the master's degree without thesis degree option.
ENMA799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENMA898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENMA899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.