Graduate Courses: Fall 2017


  • Most formal classes begin the week of September 11, 2017

MSE 1023 HFSpecial Topics in Materials Science II: Electron Transport in Quantum Nanostructures

Instructor: H. Ruda

Lectures, room TBD:  Day & time: TBD

The course will provide an introduction to the primary transport mechanisms in quantized semiconductor nanostructures. This includes tunnelling, Coulomb blockade, ballistic and wavelike transport. Students will also be introduced to fabrication methodologies, and the focus will be on low dimensional systems—particularly, quantum dots and wires.

Prerequisite: —

Course Text: —

Minimum Enrollment: 5

MSE 1026 HFAnalytical Electron Microscopy

Instructor: D.D. Perovic

Lectures, room GB405:  Thursdays  (5:00 – 7:00)

A course covering both introductory and advanced topics in scanning and transmission electron microscopy including:  Instrumentation; Electron Scattering Fundamentals; Electron Diffraction Techniques; Diffraction Contrast Imaging; High Resolution TEM; SEM Imaging Techniques; Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrocsopy; Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy; and, Advance SEM Techniques.  All topics will be presented using a range of materials science examples for all classes of materials. 

Prerequisite: — 

Course Text:  “Transmission Electron Microscopy”, D.B. Williams and C. B. Carter Plenum Press, NY, 1996 

Minimum Enrollment: 5

MSE1028 HFAdvanced Materials Science: Thin Film Materials and Processing

Instructor:     Z.H. Lu

Lectures, room BA3116: Mondays (5:00 – 7:00)

The course will focus on Materials Science of Thin Films. The textbook by Milton Ohring, “The Materials Science of Thin Films” (Academic Press, 1992 Toronto), will be used as the main learning material. The following topics may be covered: Brief Review of Materials Science; Vacuum Science and Technology; Physical Vapor Deposition; Chemical Vapor Deposition; Film Formation and Structure; Characterization of Thin Films; Interdiffusion and Reactions in Thin Films; Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Thin Films; Optical Properties of Thin Films; Emerging Thin-Film Materials and Applications (molecular thin-films and devices). The course is offered to graduate students whose research is related to organic light emitting diodes.

Prerequisite:  Advanced Physics & Advanced Nanoscience                                

Course Text:  The Materials Science of Thin Films by Milton Ohring, Academic Press, Toronto, 1992

Minimum Enrollment:  5

MSE 1036 HFApplication of Electrochemical Techniques in Materials Science

Instructor:  S. Thorpe

This course will be offered September 11 – 15

Lectures, room WB139, 9:00 – 12:00 (every day)

Labs, room MB209, 1:00 – 4:00 (every day)

This course covers both the fundamental aspects of techniques used to assess electrochemical reactions (cell potential, current distribution, analytical electrochemistry), their mechanisms from a materials perspective (electrocatalysis, general and localized corrosion, energy systems) with an additional emphasis on in-class laboratory practice in specimen preparation, utilization of electrochemical equipment, analysis of electrochemical data and their link to structure-property relationships in materials. Experimental methods will cover d.c. electrochemical techniques such as cyclic open circuit potential measurements, cyclic potentiodynamic anodic polarization, cyclic voltammetry, chronopotentiometry, chronoamperometry, and a.c. techniques such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.   Throughout the course, examples of the application of principles and techniques to the development of novel materials for a variety of applications will be highlighted.


  • MSE 315 H1S or equivalent
  • Interview with instructor prior to start of course
  • Successful completion of Safety Training in accordance with the MSE Graduate Requirements to undertake research

Course Text: TBA

Minimum Enrollment: 5

Maximum Enrollment: 16