[ES604] Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the behavior of engineering (solid) materials by emphasizing important relationships between internal structure and properties. It attempts to present a general picture of the nature of materials and the mechanisms that act upon, modify, and control their properties. The subject matter is meant to provide prospective scientists with sufficient background and understanding to appreciate existing materials and to exploit new materials development effectively in energy-related research and engineering. This course has three main parts. The first part treats the internal structures of perfect solids including metals, ceramics, and polymers. The second part deals with defects in solids as well as kinetic problems of diffusion, and connected mechanical properties. The third part covers basic concept of equilibrium in solids (phase diagram), phase transformations, and structure control. We also have optional chapters of material properties of solids including electrical properties showing the relation to the structure.
[ES739] Solid State Ionics
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. The objective of the course is to develop a fundamental understanding of defect equilibria and transport in ion conducting solids, with emphasis on crystalline and particularly ceramic materials. Furthermore, to understand how these materials can be applied to energy production (fuel cells) and storage (batteries), chemical conversion (membranes), and pollution control (sensors).