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MNT 732 - Physical Properties of Materials

This course provides the scientific foundation for interdisciplinary graduate study in materials and nanotechnology. It is structured around an equal and broad treatment of soft (colloids, fluids, polymers and biology) and hard (crystals, metals, semiconductors and magnetism) materials, with a specific emphasis on the soft-hard interface. The objective of the course is to develop the quantitative methods that are critical to a working knowledge of materials and nanotechnology. It assumes an understanding of classical calculus-based physics at the level of Physics 251-253, and then develops the necessary formalisms of statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, continuum mechanics, condensed matter physics and chemical engineering within the context of materials and nanotechnology. Emphasis is placed on formulating a quantitative description of material properties that is directly relevant to measurement and applications.

MNT 760 - Materials Synthesis and Processing (past teaching, Spring 2010)

This graduate course investigates the synthesis and processing of alloys, blends, composites, oxides, and semiconductor materials, as well as inorganic and organic polymers and nanoparticles. The goal of the class is to become familiar with the general preparation and manipulation of these materials while developing a basic understanding of their chemistry and processing. The course is designed to expose students from varied backgrounds to the synthetic methods that are critical to a working knowledge of materials and nanotechnology. It assumes an understanding of college chemistry through the level of organic chemistry.

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