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 200 - Advanced 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 295 - Internship (6 credits)
Master's-level summer internship.
MSE 297 - Thesis Research (variable credit)
Master's-level thesis research.
MSE 299 - Directed Research (variable credit)
Master's-level supervised research.
MSE 301 - 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 302 - Electronic Properties of Materials (3-0-3)
This course offers an overview of the electronic, optical, magnetic and thermal properties of materials, not limited to solid state. It covers the fundamental concepts of band structure and bonding of materials, electrical and thermal conduction in metals, semiconductors and dielectric. The interaction between light and matter will be addressed and important concepts such as excitons will be introduced. Finally magnetism will be introduced.
MSE303 - Statistical Thermodynamics & Equilibrium Processes (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Advanced Engineering Mathematics MSE 200 (Students might attend this course as co-requisite).
The course offers a modern fundamental understanding to the main concepts and practical applications of thermo-dynamics in materials science. The following major topics are discussed within the frame of this course: review of basic laws of classical thermodynamics, an introduction to phase equilibria including the theory of solutions, chemical reaction and surface and interfacial phenomena. Additionally, an introduction to statistical thermodynamics of gases and condensed matter is provided.
MSE 304 - Applied Quantum Mechanics (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Advanced Engineering Mathematics MSE200.
Introduction to non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Summary of classical mechanics and electrodynamics. Postulates of quantum mechanics, wave functions, and operator formalism. Stationary state problems, including quantum wells. Harmonic oscillator. Angular momentum and spin. Atoms, molecules, and band theory of solids. Time evolution, Approximation methods for time-independent as well as time-dependent interactions, including electromagnetism. Scattering theory. Modern applications.
MSE 305 - Kinetics and Phase Transformations (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MSE 303.
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 306 - Electrochemistry and Corrosion (3-0-3)
This course offers, in a first part, an overview of the fundamentals of electrochemistry including thermo-dynamics, nonequilibrium systems and Electrode/Electrolyte interfaces followed by an Introduction to modern applications of electrochemistry such as synthesis of nanoparticles, nanowires and thin films; as well as electrochemical means of energy conversion and storage. The second part deals with Corrosion phenomena: types of corrosion cells and damages, thermodynamics and kinetics, uniform corrosion, passivity, localized corrosion, atmospheric and high temperature corrosion, environmentally induced cracking. Prevention of corrosion using electrochemical and surface engineering means. Corrosion mechanisms and protection of materials of practical interest.
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 308 - 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 309 - Materials Modeling (3-0-3)
Introduction to the theory and application of materials modeling techniques. Advantages of modeling to the engineer. Principles and methods of programming. Data requirements and structuring. Comparison of analytical and numerical methods. Introduction to basic numerical algorithms. Modeling approaches for different length scales from atomistic to continuum.
MSE 310 - Materials for Energy (3-0-3)
This course emphasizes materials engineering aspects and the role they play in important energy related technologies such as energy harvesting approaches, super capacitors and energy storage media, batteries, fuel cells, bio-energy, nuclear energy, solar and wind based power generation, thermoelectricity, and Hydrogen generation.
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 312 - Engineering Alloys (3-0-3)
This course offers a basic understanding of materials requirements of alloys for various applications. Topics covered include: the trade-off between properties (e.g., strength and toughness) and micro-structure; the impact of alloy composition on the micro-structure; property differences and design philosophy in steels, nickel-, titanium- and aluminum- based alloys, focusing on construction, aerospace and automotive applications; alloy evolution and production routes.
MSE 313 - Functional Ceramics (3-0-3)
Fundamental concepts relevant to functional ceramics will be reviewed, including 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 ceramics will be covered: linear dielectrics, ferroelectrics and multiferroics, piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, electrooptics, thermoelectrics, and semiconducting oxides. Selected technological applications will be reviewed including varistors, sensors, MEMs, capacitors, memories, transistors, night vision systems, positive temperature coefficient resistors, and electro-optic devices.
MSE 314 - Ab-Initio Computational Methods (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Applied Quantum Mechanics (MSE 304).
Band structure approaches for crystalline solids. Fundamentals and advanced applications of density functional theory. Introduction into classical and quantum molecular dynamics. Application and use of commercial and freeware computer packages.
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 anticounterfeiting 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, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism 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 317 - Mechanical Behavior of Composite Materials (3-0-3)
(Same as ME 343) Response of composite materials (fiber and particulate reinforced materials) to static, cyclic, creep and thermomechanical loading. Manufacturing process-induced variability and residual stresses. Fatigue behavior, fracture mechanics and damage development. Role of the reinforcement-matrix interface in mechanical behavior. Environmental effects. Dimensional stability and thermal fatigue. Application to polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites.
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-dimensional materials: including self-assembled monolayers, patterned surfaces and quantum well; three-dimensional nanomaterials: including nanoporosity, nanocomposites, block copolymers, and supra-crystals. Emphasis on the fundamental surface and size-related physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials; and their applications in biosensing, nanomedicine, catalysis, photonics, and nanoelectronics.
MSE 319 - 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 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) multijunction 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 323 - Surface Chemistry (3-0-3)
(Same as CBE 313) Surface tension and surface free energy (theory and measurement methods); Surface films on liquid substrates (surface potential, monomolecular films, Langmuir-Blodgett layers); Electrical aspects of surface chemistry (electrical double layer, zeta potential, DLVO theory); Solid-liquid interface, stability of dispersions, stabilization of suspensions, steric stabilization of colloids; Contact angle (theory and measurement methods); Emulsions, foams and aerosols; Wetting of surfaces by liquids, Lotus effect; Flotation, aggregation and flocculation; Detergency, surfactants, self-assembly, micelles and vesicles; Friction, lubrication and adhesion; Adsorption (Langmuir, BET); Characterization of colloidal particles; Applications of colloid and surface science in petroleum recovery, coating and painting, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry; Methods of surface characterization (AFM, STM, SIMS, XPS, LEED, GISAXS)
MSE 392 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science I (variable credit)
MSE 393 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science II (variable credit)
MSE 394 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science III (variable credit)
MSE 395 - Ph.D. Internship (6 credits)
Doctoral-level summer internship.
MSE 397 - Dissertation Research (variable credit)
Doctoral-level dissertation research.
MSE 398 - Graduate Seminar (non-credit)
Seminar sessions focusing on special topics in the field.
MSE 399 - Directed Research (variable credit)
Doctoral-level supervised research.