Undergraduate Courses in Materials Science and Engineering

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ENMA 150: Materials of Civilization (3)

The basic structure and properties of materials at an introductory level will be presented and connections will be drawn to show how many of the major advances in throughout history have been preceded by advances in materials. This is a Marquee Science and Technology Course designed for non-science majors. See: www.marqueecourses.umd.edu


ENMA 180: Materials Science and Engineering: The Field and the Future(1)

Course Description:  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 witin MSE, professional society student chapter, research opportunities and other resources available to students.


ENMA 300: Introduction to Materials Engineering (3)

Formerly ENES 230.
Course Description: Structure of materials, chemical composition, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Materials selection in engineering applications.


ENMA 301: Materials for Emerging Technologies (3)

Replaces ENEE 204.
Course Description: This course will be presented as five topical areas, each leading up to specific applications that have recently come to market or are currently experiencing heavy research and development. The goal of each module will be to introduce the basic materials science principles necessary to understand these new areas.


ENMA 312: Experimental Methods in Materials Science (3)

Course Description: 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. Prerequisite: ENMA 300, Corequisite: ENMA 460.


ENMA 362: Mechanical Properties (3)

Course Description: 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, Embrittlement, and Experimental determination of Mechanical Properties including Hardness of Metals and Strength of Metals, Polymers, Ceramics and Composites.


ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomisitic Modeling in Materials Science

Course Description: 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.


ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I (3)

Course Description: The goal of Materials for Energy is to demonstrate the role of materials in solving one of the most critical socio-economic issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. Materials for Energy is a two-part course based on material functionality; however, they are independent and neither is a prerequisite for the other. Materials for Energy I will start with a discussion of U.S. and global energy and related environmental issues. Topics to be covered include: fuel cells and batteries (electrochemical energy conversion and storage); catalysts and membrane separations (fossil fuel and biomass energy conversion); and nuclear fuels.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 411: Materials for Energy II (3)

Course Description: The goal of Materials for Energy is to demonstrate the role of materials in solving one of the most critical socio-economic issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. Materials for Energy is a two-part course based on material functionality; however, they are independent and neither is a prerequisite for the other. Materials for Energy II will focus on electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanically functional materials for energy devices. Solar cells, solar fuel, solar thermal, energy efficient lighting, building energy, thermoelectric and wind energy will be covered. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells (3)

Course Description: Overview of the fundamentals of photovoltaic devices, including principles of operation, with emphasis on the materials science aspects of the different technologies available. Prerequisite: ENMA 300 or consent of instructor.


ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics (3)

Course Description: Solid State Ionics is the study of point defects in crystalline and non-crystalline solids; defect equilibria and transport; the influence of chemical and electric potentials, interfaces, and association; and the application of ionically conducting solids in solid-state electrochemical transducer systems and devices.

Prerequisite: ENMA 300 and permission of the Department.


ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics (3)

Course Description: Introduces basic concepts such as crystal chemistry, defect chemistry and ternary phase equilibria which can also be used to illustrate the various types of advanced ceramics (superconductors; superionic conductors; dielectrics including ferroelectrics; optical materials; high temperature structural materials; etc.) and allow an understanding of their behaviors.


ENMA 421: Design of Composites (3)

Course Description: This course covers fundamentals of design, processing and selection of composite materials for structural applications. The topics include a review of all classes of engineering materials, an in-depth analysis of micro and macro mechanical behavior including interactions at the two-phase interfaces, modeling of composite morphologies for optimal microstructures, material aspects, cost considerations, processing methods including consideration of chemical reactions and stability of the interfaces and material selection considerations.


ENMA 422: Radiation Effects (3)

Course Description: Ionizing radiation, radiation dosimetry and sensors, radiation processing, radiation effects on polymers, metals, semiconductors, liquids, and gases. Radiation in advanced manufacturing, radiation-physical technology. Prerequisite: ENNU 215 or 310 or ENMA 300 (formerly ENES 230) or permission of instructor.


ENMA 423: Manufacturing with Polymers (3)

Course Description: This course introduces students to the broad spectrum of issues associated with the use, manufacturing and processing of polymers, which includes addressing issues of blending of materials, design and production of a polymer formulation and the characterization of material properties. The participants of the course will be organized into teams to work for a semester on an open ended design problem of producing and characterizing a polymer formulation for advanced materials use.


ENMA 424: Manufacturing Ceramics (3)

Course Description: Relationships between properties and manufacturing, effect of manufacturing process on product cost, case studies of modern ceramics like electronic packaging, high temperature bearings. Laboratories and field trips will supplement the lectures.


ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials (3)

Course Description: Examination of materials used in humans and other biological systems in terms of the relationships between structure, fundamental properties and functional behavior. Replacement materials such as implants, assistive devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers, drug delivery systems, biosensors, engineered materials such as artificial skin and bone growth scaffolds, and biocompatibility will be covered.


ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials (3)

Formerly ENMA 489R.
Course Description: The main objective of the course is to understand the basic degradation mechanisms of materials, devices and components through the understanding of the physics, chemistry, mechanics of such mechanisms.  Mechanical failures are introduced through understanding fatigue, creep and yielding in materials, and devices.   Physical or chemical related failures are introduced through a basic understanding of physical mechanisms such as diffusion, electromigration, defects and defect migration, surface trapping mechanisms, charge creation and migration.  Failure mechanisms observed in engineering materials will also be presented as well as failure mechanisms in semiconductor devices. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials (3)

Formerly ENMA 489G.
Course Description: This course covers practical aspects of nanoscale materials fabrication and utilization. It presents various approaches for the synthesis of nanoparticles, nanowires, and nanotubes, and discusses the unique properties observed in these structures and devices made with them.


ENMA 431: Nanomechanics of Biomaterials (3)

Course Description: Focuses on the latest scientific developments and discoveries in the nanoscale structure and properties of biological materials. The course begins with introductory lectures on the various nanostructures of biomaterials, and their physiological roles under mechanical forces. General aspects of biopolymers, protein folding, and self-assembly are also covered. Next, a series of in-depth lectures are presented on the characterization methods of nanomechanical properties using single molecule techniques. Finally, current applications of nanobiomaterials in the area of molecular machines, molecular self-assembly, and nanoscaffold are discussed.


ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials (3)

Formerly ENMA 489P.
Course Description: A plasma is an electrified gas consisting of electrons, ions and neutrals. Plasmas have become indispensable for advanced materials processing. This is due to the ability to control the micro-and Nanoscale structure of materials at low synthesis temperatures, and also produce micro-and Nanoscale patterns in materials by plasma etching techniques. This course covers sustaining mechanisms of plasmas, especially low-pressure electrical gas discharges, fundamental plasma physics, sheath formation, electric and magnetic field effects, plasma-surface interactions in chemically reactive systems, plasma diagnostic techniques and selected industrial applications of low pressure plasmas. These topics will be illustrated by presenting examples of current research and important technological applications. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 441: Nanotechnology Characterization (3)

Formerly ENMA 489T.
Course Description: This course covers 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. 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. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 442: Nanomaterials (3)

Formerly ENMA 489N.
Course Description: The course is an exploration of materials whose structure places them at the boundary between small objects and large molecules. Having characteristic dimensions in the range of 1-100 nanometers, these materials are difficult to synthesize and characterize but are nevertheless at the forefront of science and technology in many fields. This course will cover the methods for creating, manipulating and measuring these materials with an emphasis on the current scientific literature. The novel properties and potential applications will also be addressed.


ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability (3)

The course focuses on the understanding of the basic optical processes in semiconductors, dielectrics and organic materials. The application of such materials in systems composed of waveguides, light emitting diodes and lasers, as well as modulators is developed.


ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials (3)

Course Description: Liquid crystals and their applications, role in biology, and nanometer structure. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 460: Physics of Solid Materials (3)

Course Description: Classes of materials; introduction to the behavior ideal and real material, 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.


ENMA 461: Thermodynamics of Materials (3)

Course Description: Thermodynamics of Materials is a basic theoretical material science and engineering course. It is devoted to analysis of fundamental material properties and processes for near equilibrium conditions.


ENMA 462: Smart Materials (3)

Formerly ENMA 489B.
Course Description: The course will provide a fundamental understanding of ferroic materials, ferromagnets, ferroelectric materials, shape memory alloys and multiferroic materials that are simultaneously ferromagnetic and ferroelectric etc. The ferroic properties will be discussed on an atomic, nano-and micro- scales so that actual and potential applications on those scales become clear. Examples of those applications will be presented.


ENMA 463: Macroprocessing (3)

Course Description: Processing of modern, bulk engineering materials. Raw materials, forming, firing, finishing, and joining. More emphasis on metals and ceramics than polymers. Prerequisite: ENMA 300 (formerly ENES 230) or consent of instructor.


ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials (3)

Course Description: 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. Prerequisite: ENMA 300 or consent of instructor.


ENMA 465: Microprocessing of Materials (3)

Course Description: The course provides an overview of the microprocessing - and indeed nanoprocessing - of materials as used in the fabrication of ultrathin layers and structures of materials for use in semiconductors and other devices based on thin film fabrication. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and ENMA 300.


ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory (3)

Course Description: 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) KIM 2304, as well as evaluate them using a variety of characterization techniques.


ENMA 470 (formerly ENMA 489O): Materials Selection in Engineering Design (3)

Course Description: Course will examine important engineering factors that influence materials selection: design control parameters, classes of materials properties, lifetime and life cycle factors, selection for performance, degradation considerations, recyclability and carbon footprint, repairability. Based on Ashby Materials Maps and software. Lots of design examples and mini projects. Metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, coatings and natural materials will be covered.


ENMA 471: Kinetics, Diffusion and Phase Transformations (3)

Course Description: Fundamentals of diffusion, kinetics of reaction including nucleation, growth and phase transformations are discussed. Topics include diffusion in substitutional solid solutions, interstitial diffusion, nucleation and growth theories, solidification, diffusional transformations and growth of crystalline solids.


ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials (3)

Course Description: Relationship between properties of solids and their engineering applications. Criteria for the choice of materials for electronic, mechanical and chemical properties. Particular emphasis on the relationships between the structure of solids and their potential engineering applications.


ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science (3)

Course Description: Introduction to diffraction from materials due to their structure or lack thereof. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials (3)

Course Description: The goal of the course is to familiarize the students with basic as well as state of the art knowledge of some technologically relevant topics in materials engineering and applied physics. The topics include dielectric/ferroelectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors, and optical materials. There will be an underlying emphasis on thin film and device fabrication technology. Lectures will be on fundamental physical properties and description of different materials as well as new developments in the fields.


ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy (3)

Course Description: This course will give an introduction of the basic principles of operation for modern electron microscopes. Details will be given on the construction of microscopes, their basic operation, and the types of questions that can be addressed with an electron microscope. Emphasis will be placed on a conceptual understanding of the underlying theories. Where appropriate, mathematical descriptions will be utilized. Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to have a basic understanding sufficient to give interpretations of microscopy images and to suggest the correct tool or approach for certain research studies.


ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling

Course Description: A brief review of mechanical behavior of materials, introduction to Finite Element Modeling (FEM), and procedures for predicting mechanical behavior of materials by FEM using computer software (at present ANSYS). The FEM procedures include, setting up the model, mesh generation, data input and interpretation of the results. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.


ENMA 489C: Electrochemical Energy Engineering

Cross-listed as ENCH 473.
Course Description: The lecture will start from the basic electrochemical thermodynamics and kinetics, with emphasis on electrochemical techniques, fundamental principle and performance of batteries, and supercapacitors. Prerequisite: Permission of department.


ENMA 490: Materials Design—Capstone Design Course (3)
(Syllabus | Overview and Sample Projects)

Course Description: Capstone senior level design course. Students will work in teams to evaluate a society or industry based problem in Materials Science and Engineering and then design and evaluate a strategy to address the problem. The course will include written and oral presentations of the design strategy, implementation and evaluation.


ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials (3)

Course Description: The elements of the polymer chemistry and industrial polymerization, polymer structures and physics, thermodynamics of polymer solutions, polymer processing methods, and engineering applications of polymers. 


ENMA 499: Laboratory Project (3)

Course Description: Students work with a faculty member on an individual laboratory project in one or more of the areas of engineering materials. Students will design and carry out experiments, interpret data and prepare a comprehensive laboratory.