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The following courses are offered by Engineering Online, the Distance Education Division of NC State's College of Engineering. The SEMESTER notation indicates past and tentative future scheduling.


COURSE   TITLE SEMESTER
MSE 500   Modern Concepts in Materials Science Spring, Fall
MSE 500 covers the fundamental principles that govern the physical properties of materials. This course is designed to prepare students without an undergraduate materials degree for further graduate level materials courses. MSE 500 will cover selected topics from senior-level courses in the undergraduate materials science and engineering curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on developing and applying an understanding of basic materials science concepts: atomic bonding; crystallography; defects and diffusion; thermodynamics, phase diagrams and phase transformations; deformation and failure mechanisms in crystalline and noncrystalline solids. This class covers ceramics, metals, polymers, electronic materials and composites. 3 credit hours

MSE 509   Nuclear Materials (also offered as NE 509) Spring, Fall
In this course, most of the materials issues encountered in the operation of nuclear power reactors are discussed. The objective of the course is to give students a background in materials for nuclear power reactors and to discuss the unique changes that occur in these materials under the reactor environment, so that students understand the limitations put on reactor operations and reactor design by materials performance. In the first part of the course we review basic concepts of physical metallurgy to develop an understanding of the relationship between microstructure and material properties outside of irradiation. In the second part of the course, we describe the process of radiation-material interaction, present the methods to calculate atomic displacement damage produced by exposure to irradiation, and describe the changes in material properties that results from irradiation exposure. In the third part of the course, special attention is given to property changes affecting the fuel and cladding performance and operational safety such as corrosion of the cladding, hydriding, fuel expansion, Pellet-Cladding Interactions, stress corrosion-cracking; Credit will not be given for both NE/MSE 409 and NE/MSE 509. 3 credit hours

MSE 539   Advanced Materials (also offered as MAE 539) Spring
Introduces advanced materials for engineers, emphasizing the processing / structure / properties / function relation and application of a number of advanced materials mainly for Biomedical, Mechanical and Aerospace applications. Topics include Ultra light materials (various classes of metallic foams and their processing and applications), Biomaterials (classes and application of materials in medicine and dentistry), composites (classes and application), and Refractory materials and coatings for high temperature applications. 3 credit hours

MSE 540   Processing of Metallic Materials Fall
Fundamental concepts of solidification and their application to foundry and welding practices; metal forming concepts applied to forging, rolling, drawing, and sheet forming operations; machining mechanisms and methods; powder metallurgy; advanced processing methods including rapid solidification and mechanical alloying. Credit for both MAT 440 and MSE 540 is not allowed. 3 credit hours

MSE 545   Ceramic Processing Fall
Powder synthesis, characterization, colloidal processing, forming method, theory of sintering, aspects of microstructural control. 3 credit hours

MSE 555   Polymer Technology and Engineering Spring, Fall
Classes of commercially important polymers, advanced topics in phase behavior, viscoelasticity, rubber elasticity, fracture and ultimate properties of polymers; polymer rheology and processing; design of polymeric materials. Credit for both MSE 455 and MSE 555 is not allowed. 3 credit hours

MSE 556   Composite Materials Spring, Fall
Basic principles underlying properties of composite materials as related to properties of individual constituents and their interactions. Emphasis on design of composite systems to yield desired combinations of properties. 3 credit hours

MSE 565   Introduction to Nanomaterials Spring
Introduction to nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured thin films, emphasizing their synthesis, structural and property characterization, novel physical and chemical properties, applications, and contemporary literature. 3 credit hours

MSE 580   Materials Forensics and Degradation Spring, Fall
Materials forensics will describe the principles and prevention of the degradation of materials. The topics will include electrochemical corrosion of metallic materials, oxidation of metals, degradation of polymers, biodeterioration of materials, failure analysis of materials including mechanical failures and failures of electrical devices. The general practice of failure analysis will be applied to a variety of case studies to illustrate important failure mechanisms. 3 credit hours

MSE 702   Defects in Solids Spring
An introduction to the defects and diffusion in solids. First part is on theory of dislocations (defects) and the second part on diffusion in solids. 3 credit hours

MSE 705   Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials Spring
The subjects to be covered will include stress, strain and elasticity, plasticity and flow rules, slip and dislocations, defect interactions, strengthening mechanisms, high-temperature deformation, fracture mechanics, toughening mechanisms in advanced materials, fatigue and cyclic deformation. Applications pertinent to engineering materials will be discussed. 3 credit hours

MSE 706   Phase Transformation and Kinetics Spring
This course provides a foundation for the advanced understanding of the phenomenological and atomistic kinetic process in materials. It provides a basis for the analysis for the evolution of structure during material processing. The course emphasizes analysis and development of rigorous comprehension of fundamentals. Topics include: irreversible thermodynamics; diffusion; nucleation; phase transformations; fluid and heat transport; and morphological instabilities. 3 credit hours

MSE 721   Nanoscale Simulations and Modeling Fall
The course is designed to assist engineering students in learning the fundamentals and cutting-edge nature of various simulations methods. The modeling tools range from accurate first principles quantum-based approaches to multi-scale approaches that combine atomic and continuum modeling. Previous knowledge of simulations is not required. The course is appropriate for graduate students in materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics and biomedical fields. 3 credit hours

MSE 757   Radiation Effects on Materials (also offered as NE 757) Spring
The course is designed to assist engineering students in learning the fundamentals and cutting-edge nature of various simulations methods. The modeling tools range from accurate first principles quantum-based approaches to multi-scale approaches that combine atomic and continuum modeling. Previous knowledge of simulations is not required. The course is appropriate for graduate students in materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics and biomedical fields. 3 credit hours

MSE 760   Materials Science in Processing of Semi Conductor Devices Fall
This course has two components (1) inorganic semiconductors (1-12 Lectures by Dr. Jay Narayan); and (2) organic semiconductors (13-24 by Dr. Franky So). The first part will address control of dopant profiles for the formation of shallow junctions needed for nanoscale devices, microstructural engineering to utilize Ion implantation, defect microstructures, low-resistivity Ohmic contacts, thin oxides with desired electrical properties, and impurity precipitation and electromigration phenomena need a basic understanding of underlying materials science principles and their applications. Physical properties of materials in small dimensions are expected to be frequently quite different from the bulk properties. This course deals with microscopic properties, and correlation of microstructures in nanoscale regions with corresponding physical properties.

The second part will cover the fundamentals of organic semiconductors including the energy band structure, the optical and electronic properties, the charge transport properties and characterization, excitonic processes, optical absorption and emission, organic-organic semiconductor contacts, organic-inorganic semiconductor contacts, metal-organic semiconductor contacts, ohmic contacts. Optoelectronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes, photodetectors and solar cells, fabrication by thermal evaporation and solution processing such as roll-to-roll coating will be covered. Also included in the course are the physics and chemistry of nanocrystals of semiconductors and their related devices. 3 credit hours

MSE 761   Polymer Blends and Alloys (also offered as CHE 761) Fall
Many polymeric systems of commercial relevance consist of multiple polymeric species. As a result, most of these materials are multiphase, in which case the components segregate sufficiently to endow the system with the properties of each component. In this course, we begin with a brief review of some important concepts in polymer thermodynamics and use these concepts to describe equilibrium phase behavior. Methods for calculating, and measuring properties at, equilibrium will be described. Intrinsic limitations on polymer blending will lead to a discussion of physical and chemical methods by which such limitations can be overcome, including emulsification and reactive processing. Another means by which to produce multiphase polymeric materials is through the design of copolymers. This class of materials yields the formation of nanostructures in the same fashion as surfactants, and the ordering phenomena that occur in these systems will be discussed. Thermodynamic models designed to predict the phase behavior of such materials, as well as salient characterization methods (e.g., microscopy and scattering), will be described. Topics related to interfacial characteristics, measurement and modification will likewise be addressed. 3 credit hous

MSE 791   Biomaterials Spring
This course provides an introduction to materials of natural and synthetic origin and a brief survey of historic, current, and future applications of materials in medicine. This course will examine the classes and properties of degradable and non-degradable materials, interactions of materials with cells and tissues, and fundamentals of biocompatibility including inflammation, encapsulation, and infection. This course will also discuss biomaterial failure mechanisms, regulation, and related ethical concerns. **Additional expectations for MSE 791 students will be communicated throughout the semester and will be most prominent in the project and journal club deliverables 3 credit hours

MSE 791   High Temperature Deformation of Materials (also offered as NE 795) Spring
The course is intended to introduce students to theories of high temperature deformation and creep along with their applications in materials design. Various phenomenological models along with creep theories will be dealt with emphasis on high temperature deformation of metals (alloys) and ceramics. 3 credit hours

MSE 791   Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials Spring
This course will describe the mechanical behavior that is unique to nanostructured materials – typically metallic materials. The various methods for processing nanostructured materials will be presented, emphasizing those that are suitable for mechanical property studies. 3 credit hours

MSE 791   Metastable Materials Fall
The thermodynamics and kinetics of the synthesis and stability of a variety of important metastable materials – those materials that are not in the lowest free energy state for the composition and structure - will be described. The common methods for non-equilibrium processing will be covered. A significant part of the course will be devoted to amorphous materials, including their synthesis, structure, and properties. Other topics will include quasi-crystalline materials, metastable crystalline materials, and shape memory alloys. As background for shape memory alloys, diffusionless phase transformations with emphasis on martensitic transformations will be reviewed. 3 credit hours

MSE 791   Nonferrous Alloys Fall
The course highlights several nonferrous alloys of importance. The fundamental principles of developing these alloys for practical applications will be described. Alloy theories will be applied to show how certain phases detrimental to service life can be prevented to form. The emphasis of this course is in understanding the alloys from correlation of microstructure to properties. 3 credit hours