List of MSE Courses
- MSE 221 - Crystallography and Diffraction
- MSE 225 - Electronic Properties of Materials
- MSE 226 - Thermodynamics and Equilibrium Processes
- MSE 227 - Applied Quantum Mechanics
- MSE 201 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
- MSE 228 - Biomaterials
- MSE 229 - Polymeric Materials
- MSE 230 - Materials and Energy
- MSE 305 - Kinetics and Phase Transformations
- MSE 307 - Materials Characterization
- MSE 311 - Soft Materials
- MSE 313 - Functional Oxides
- MSE 314 - Ab-initio Computational Methods
- MSE 315 - Thin Film Science and Engineering
- MSE 316 - Magnetic Materials
- MSE 318 - Nanomaterials
- MSE 320 - Solar Cell Materials and Devices
- MSE 321 - Optical Properties of Materials
- MSE 322 - Semiconductor Materials
- MSE 392 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science I
- MSE 393 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science II
- MSE 394 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science III
- MSE 295 - Internship
- MSE 297 - Thesis Research
- MSE 299 - Directed Research
- MSE 395 - Internship
- MSE 397 - Dissertation Research
- MSE 398 - Graduate Seminar
- MSE 399 - Directed Research
MSE Courses Description
MSE 100 - Basic Principles of Physics (3-0-0)
This course is a review of physics content normally taught at the senior undergraduate level. The course will cover electric field and potential, DC and AC current circuits, magnetism, magnetic induction, electromagnetic waves and optical phenomena (transmission, reflection, diffraction, interference, etc). Further topics will include Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, atomic line spectra, Bohr hydrogen atom, de Broglie waves, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, free particle, particle in a box, particle on a ring, simple harmonic oscillation, quantum numbers and angular momentum. Finally, an overview of the first, second, and third laws of Thermodynamics along with heat capacity, enthalpy, thermal conduction is presented.
MSE 199 - Directed Study in Materials Science (3-0-0) (variable credit up to a maximum of 12 credits)
A course of self-study in a particular topic as directed by faculty and approved by the division.
MSE 200 - Engineering Mathematics (3-0-3)
This course presents basic mathematical methods for engineers including: differentiation and integration, Taylor's expansion, linear systems resolution and matrix formalism, partial differential equations, Laplace, Fourier and Legendre transforms, statistics and probability.
MSE 201 - Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering (3-0-3)
This course is intended for students who do not have a materials science and engineering background. The course will cover four major topics including: fundamental concepts, microstructure development and phase equilibria, material properties and fabrication methods and applications. The course will cover atomic structure, atomic bonding, crystal structures, defects and diffusion in materials. It also will cover phase transformations and phase equilibria and how they impact microstructure development. The electrical, magnetic, optical, thermal and mechanical properties of materials will also be reviewed. The course will also highlight modern fabrication technologies and applications of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers.
MSE 221 - Crystallography and Diffraction (3-0-3)
The objective of this course is to present the basic concepts needed to understand the crystal structure of materials. Fundamental concepts including lattices, symmetries, point groups, and space groups will be discussed and the relationship between crystal symmetries and physical properties will be addressed. The theory of X-ray diffraction by crystalline matter along with the experimental x-ray methods used to determine the crystal structure of materials will be covered. Application of X-ray diffraction to proteins, electron diffraction and neutron diffraction will be briefly discussed.
MSE 225 - Electronic Properties of Materials (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and solid state physics.
The objective of this course is to present the fundamental concepts of structural, electrical and optical properties needed to understand the behavior of the materials. The course includes a brief description of crustal structure of solids and the basics of x-ray diffraction theory; free electron theory in metal and band theory will be addressed. A brief review of thermal and lattice vibration properties will be presented. A brief introduction on key electronic devices based on homo p-n junctions and hetero-junctions. A brief description of dielectric materials.
MSE 226 - Thermodynamics & Equilibrium Processes (3-0-3)
Co-requisite: MSE 200 or any AMCS Course
The course offers a modern fundamental understanding of the main concepts and practical applications of thermodynamics in materials science. The following major topics are discussed: review of the laws of classical thermodynamics, introduction to statistical thermodynamics phase equilibria, including phase diagrams, theory of solutions, chemical reactions involving gasses and condensed matter, Elligham diagrams, surface and interfacial phenomena and thermodynamics at the nanoscale.
MSE 227- Applied Quantum Mechanics (3-0-3)
Co-requisite: MSE200 or any AMCS Course
Introduction to non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Summary of classical mechanics and electrodynamics. Postulates of quantum mechanics, wave functions, operator formalism and Dirac notation. Stationary state problems, including quantum wells and tunneling. Harmonic oscillator. Time evolution. Approximation methods for time-independent as well as time-dependent interactions.
MSE 228 - Biomaterials (3-0-3)
This course offers a basic understanding of the concepts underlying the design and selection of materials for use in biological applications. It focuses on both hard and soft tissue materials. The class addresses modern topics including biosensors, surface and interface functionalization. Further topics include: A brief introduction to relevant tissue types: anatomy, biochemistry and physiology; concepts of biocompatibility, host response, material degradation, testing and selection criteria; an overview of current research on biomechanics and its relevance to prosthesis design and tissue engineering; basic concepts of drug delivery and molecular biomechanics.
MSE 229 - Polymeric Materials (3-0-3)
This course describes polymerization processes; polymer solutions (Flory-Huggins model and application to polymer blends); polymer chain conformations; calculation of end-to-end distribution function W(r) for short range interacting chains; rotational isomeric state scheme and temperature dependence; chain with long range interactions (excluded volume effect); radius of gyration; the crystalline and amorphous states of polymers; the glass transition (configurational entropy model); mechanical, electrical and optical properties and characterization of polymers.
MSE 230 - Materials for Energy (3-0-3)
This course is intended as a review of the challenges facing materials scientists working in renewable energy and sustainability science and technology. It aims to give the student a birds-eye view of the current topics in energy harvesting and storage materials. The potential of various energy harvesting approaches will be discussed in the context of energy needs facing the world. This will be done with particular focus on materials innovations required to improve the state of the art. After this thorough introduction, the course will discuss solar power and electrochemical energy storage in more depth.
MSE 295 - Internship (6 credits)
Master's-level summer internship.
MSE 297 - Thesis Research (variable credits)
Master's-level thesis research.
MSE 299 - Directed Research (variable credits)
Master's-level supervised research.
MSE 305 - Kinetics and Phase Transformations (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MSE 226.
The course offers a modern and fundamental understanding to the main concepts and practical applications of Kinetics and Phase Transformations in materials science. The following major topics are discussed within the frame of this course: kinetics of homogenous chemical reactions, thermodynamics of irreversible processes including an introduction to the Onsager postulates, mathematical description of Diffusion in Materials (Fick's Laws and an atomistic description via random-walk process). Basic concepts of phase transformation theories, including homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation and growth, spinodal decomposition and Landau theory of phase transformation.
MSE 307 - Materials Characterization (3-0-3)
This course will introduce the basic principles of materials characterization and the common characterization techniques available at KAUST. It will cover the following topics: Diffraction methods: basic principles, interaction of radiation and particle beams with matter, XRD, scattering techniques; Spectroscopic methods; Imaging: optical including confocal microscopy, scanning, transmission electron, scanning tunneling and field ion microscopy; Microanalysis and Tomography: energy dispersive, wavelength dispersive, Auger Processes, Electron, Ion and Atom Probe Tomography, SIMS, photoelectron spectroscopy; thermal analysis: DTA, DSC. Lab visits and demonstrations will be scheduled to the class to discuss some case studies.
MSE 311 - Soft Materials (3-0-3)
This course covers chemical and physical aspects of soft materials such as gels, polymers, lipids, surfactants and colloids; physical chemistry of soft materials; phase transformations and self-assembly; the role of intermolecular and surface forces in determining morphology and hierarchy. Membranes, catalysis, drug delivery, flexible and stretchable materials and devices.
MSE 313 - Functional Oxides (3-0-3)
Fundamental concepts relevant to functional oxides will be reviewed, including common structures, defect chemistry and reactions, Brouwer diagrams, Ellingham diagrams, Heckman diagrams, ionic and electronic transport and tensor notation. The physics, materials, and applications for the following classes of functional oxides will be covered: linear dielectrics, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, piezoelectric, pyroelectrics, electro optics, thermoelectrics and semiconducting oxides. Selected technological applications will be reviewed including sensing, actuation, energy harvesting, and oxide electronics.
MSE 314 - Ab-Initio Computational Methods (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MSE 227
Introduction into the theory and application of materials modeling techniques. Comparison of analytical and numerical methods. Introduction into basic numerical algorithms. Fundamentals of density functional theory. Band structure approaches for crystalline solids. Introduction into commercial and freeware computer packages. Advanced applications of ab-initio computational techniques.
MSE 315 - Thin Film Science & Engineering (3-0-3)
Thin films and coatings are the material building blocks of many modern and pervasive technologies ranging from electronics to optics and photovoltaics and from anti-counterfeiting to glazings and hard coatings. The fundamentals and atomistics of thin film growth are discussed in detail. Deposition techniques for thin films and coatings are presented, including physical and chemical vapor depositions, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer deposition and low-pressure plasma processes. Organic thin film deposition. Solution-processing and printing of inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic thin films. Artificially structured and chemically modulated layered and nanocomposite materials. Ex-situ/in-situ characterization of thin films and coatings.
MSE 316 - Magnetic Materials (3-0-3)
This course introduces fundamental concepts in modern magnetic materials together with the electronic properties of magnetic hybrid structures. (i) Diamagnetism, para-magnetism, ferromagnetism and anti-ferromagnetism will be introduced and the microscopic origin of magnetism will be addressed (metals, semiconductors, oxides, insulators, etc.). (ii) Experimental techniques to investigate magnetism and magnetic behavior will be mentioned (X-ray dichroism, Magneto-Optical Kerr effect, etc...). (iii) Advanced applications of modern magnetic materials will be presented and the electronic properties as well as magnetization dynamics of magnetic hybrid structures will be covered.
MSE 318 - Nanomaterials (3-0-3)
This course describes the most recent advances in the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials. Topics to be covered: Zero-dimensional nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, quantum dots and nanocrystals; one dimensional materials including nanowires and nanotubes; two (2)-dimensional materials: including self-assembled monolayers, patterned surfaces and quantum well; three (3)-dimensional nanomaterials: including Nano porosity, nanocomposites, block copolymers and supra-crystals. Emphasis on the fundamental surface and size-related physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials; and their applications in bio sensing, nanomedicine, catalysis, photonics and Nano electronics.
MSE 320 - Solar Cell Materials and Devices (3-0-3)
This course will provide the students with an up-to-date basic knowledge of the physical and chemical principles of materials used in solar cells of various kinds including but not limited to technologies such as: 1) silicon-based solar cells, 2) CIGS, CIS and other inorganic thin film solar cells, 3) multi-junction solar cells, 4) nanoparticles and quantum dots solar cells, 5) organic and hybrid solar cells and 6) thermal and concentrator solar power generation.
MSE 321 - Optical Properties of Materials (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and solid state physics.
Introduction to optical coefficients and optical materials, classical propagation of light, Interband absorption processes and photodetectors, excitons, light emission including photoluminescence and electroluminescence, quantum confined structures, free electrons and plasmons, optical properties of molecules and polymers, color centers, phonons, polaritons, polarons and inelastic light scattering, introduction to nonlinear optical properties of materials including second and third order nonlinearities.
MSE 322 - Semiconductor Materials (3-0-3)
The course covers the physico-chemical and electronic properties of advanced semiconductor materials other than Si and GaAs. The materials that will be covered include elemental semiconductors such as Ge and carbon (in the form of carbon nanotubes and graphene), compound semiconductors such as III-V and II-VI compounds, and wide-band gap semiconductors such as carbides and nitrides. Special classes of semiconductors such as oxides, chalcogenides, and polymeric semiconductors will be included. In each material category, the material processing and fabrication of select devices will be discussed including 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional devices. Measurement protocols for the devices will be presented.
MSE 390B – Electronic Processes in Organic Semiconductors (3-0-3)
This course offers an introduction to electronic processes in organic materials including small molecules and polymers, nowadays used in many optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells. Theoretical basics of electronic transitions and excited state dynamics are discussed, specifically emission spectra of single molecules, molecular aggregates, and bulk samples as well as concepts of energy transfer, charge transport, and photo physical processes in conjugated polymers and organic photovoltaic devices. Furthermore, the course offers an introduction to analysis of experimental data from (ultrafast) transient laser spectroscopy and modeling of excited state dynamics using different tools, for instance multivariate curve resolution analysis of complex spectra consisting of several components.
MSE 392 - Introduction to Spintronics (3-0-3)
This course aims at introducing the field of spin electronics to advanced graduate students. This course will cover fundamentals of magnetism and magnetization dynamics, spin transport in hybrid magnetic structures, magnetoresistance, spin transfer torque and spin pumping, spin-orbit effects such as spin Hall Effect, Rashba effect and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The current-driven magnetization dynamics of magnetic textures such as domain walls and skyrmions will also be covered.
MSE 394 - Contemporary Topics in Materials Science (3-0-0)
A course of current interest. Topics are not permanent and the content of the course will change to reflect recurring themes and topical interest. The content will be approved by the division.
MSE 395 - Internship (6 credits)
Doctoral-level summer internship.
MSE 397 - Dissertation Research (variable credits)
Doctoral-level dissertation research.
MSE 398 - Graduate Seminar (non-credit)
MSE Graduate Seminar
MSE 399 - Directed Research (variable credits)
Doctoral-level supervised research.