Graduate Courses: Fall 2016


  • Note: most formal classes begin the week of September 12, 2016


MSE1004HF Extractive Metallurgy (formerly MSE504H1F) CANCELLED


Technologies and unit operations used in the production of light metals, non-ferrous and ferrous metals will be presented and analyzed. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing overall flow-sheets used by selected companies for the purpose of determining how overall process efficiency can be improved and the environmental impact reduced. Methods and technologies used for metals recycling will also be discussed. Examples will be given from the steel, copper, nickel, zinc, aluminum and magnesium industries. The students will be exposed to a series of actual industrial case studies.

Prerequisite: none

CourseText: TBA

Minimum Enrollment: 5

Exclusion: MSE504

MSE 1023 HF—Special Topics in Materials Science II: Electron Transport in Quantum Nanostructures

Instructor: H. Ruda

Lectures, room HA401:  Wednesdays (3:00 – 5:00)

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 1026HF—Analytical Electron Microscopy

Instructor: D.D. Perovic

Lectures, room RS208 *updated*:  Tuesdays (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

MSE 1032HF—Atomistic Modelling of Materials

Instructor: C.V. Singh

Lectures, room GB221: Tuesdays (9:00 – 11:00) (updated August 12/16)

Labs, room SF1013: Mondays (4:00 – 6:00)

In this course, graduate students will be taught the theory and application of computer modeling of materials at the atomic scale. Specific topics include: classical and modern first principles atomistic modeling approaches, statistical mechanics, molecular statics and dynamics, density functional theory and kinetic Monte Carlo sampling. The approximations, advantages and limitations involved with each approach will be highlighted. A significant focus of the course will be to provide a “hands-on” training on these computational techniques through software such as LAMMPS, GROMACS and Quantum-Espresso.  To illustrate computational modeling research, a number of practical case studies from advanced materials and nanotechnology will be highlighted. The course will also include an individual or group project. Some advanced topics, such as accelerated molecular dynamics, multiscale modeling, coarse-graining approaches and DFT+U will also be introduced.

Students from diverse fields of study are welcome to attend the course. A number of approaches and case studies from hard materials as well as polymers and biological systems will be covered. Projects from diverse research areas are also encouraged.

Prerequisite: Graduate level understanding of Materials Science; basic knowledge of MATLAB or any programming language.

Course Text: TBA

Minimum Enrollment: 5

MSE1028HF-Advanced Materials Science: Thin Film Materials and Processing

Instructor:     Z.H. Lu  

Lectures, room BA2159: 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

MSE1037HF Process Metallurgy of Iron and Steel

Instructor:  K. Chattopadhyay
Lectures, room WB219: Thursdays (5:00 – 7:00)

The production and refining of liquid iron in the iron blast furnace, the production and refining of liquid steel, secondary refining operations, continuous casting and thermomechanical processing (hot rolling). Specialty steels and newly emerging technologies (e.g. thin slab casting, direct ironmaking) are also discussed in terms of process/environment and productivity. “Downstream” topics will include cold rolling, batch and continuous annealing, and coating operations.

Prerequisites: knowledge of thermodynamics
Course Text: TBA
Minimum Enrollment: 5