Graduate Courses: Winter 2018


  • Most formal courses begin the week of January 8, 2018

MSE1024 HSInterface and Nanophase Engineering

Instructor: U. Erb

Lectures, room TBD: Tuesdays 5:00 – 7:00

Interface control and nanophase engineering are emerging materials processing technologies which seek to enhance the bulk properties of materials by controlling both the specific physical structure and the overall quantity of the internal interfaces. In this course, theory and properties of interfaces (grain boundaries and triple junctions), various processing methods of achieving nanostructured and interface-controlled materials, as well as current and emerging industrial applications for these advanced engineered materials, are presented and discussed.

Prerequisite:     n/a

Course Text:   TBA

Minimum Enrollment:     5

MSE 1031 HSForensic Engineering

Instructor: D.D. Perovic

Lectures, room WB130: Mondays (5:00 – 8:00)

The course provides participants with an understanding of scientific and engineering investigation methods and tools to assess potential sources, causes and solutions for prevention of failure due to natural accidents, fire, high and low speed impacts, design defects, improper selection of materials, manufacturing defects, improper service conditions, inadequate maintenance and human error. The fundamentals of accident reconstruction principles and procedures for origin and cause investigations are demonstrated through a wide range of real world case studies including: medical devices, sports equipment, electronic devices, vehicular collisions, structural collapse, corrosion failures, weld failures, fire investigations and patent infringements. Compliance with industry norms and standards, product liability, sources of liability, proving liability, defense against liability and other legal issues will be demonstrated with mock courtroom trial proceedings involving invited professionals to elucidate the role of an engineer as an expert witness in civil and criminal court proceedings.

Prerequisite: MSE101/APS104/MSE260/MSE160 or equivalent

Course Text: TBA

Exclusion:   MSE431

MSE1035 HSOptical and Photonic Materials (formerly MSE1039)

Instructor: N. Kherani

Lectures, room HS106: Tuesdays (3:00 – 4:00) and Thursdays (3:00 – 5:00)

Labs, room SF2201: Mondays (1:00 – 3:00), alternate weeks

Tutorials, room RS208: Fridays (9:00 – 11:00)

Optical and photonic materials play a central role in a variety of application fields including telecommunications, metrology, manufacturing, medical surgery, computing, spectroscopy, holography, chemical synthesis, and robotics – to name a few. The properties of light and its interaction with matter lie at the heart of this ever-expanding list of applications.  The syllabus comprises the nature of light, wave motion, lasers, interference, coherence, fibre optics, diffraction, polarized light, photonic crystals, metamaterials, plasmonic materials, and practical design applications.

Minimum Enrollment: 5

Exclusion: MSE435; MSE1039

MSE1062 HSMaterials Physics

Instructor: Z.H. Lu

Lectures, room BAB025: Mondays (1:00 – 3::00)

Tutorials, room BA3116: Mondays (9:00 – 10:00)

Electron quantum wave theory of solid-state materials will be introduced. Quantum phenomena in various materials systems, in particular nano materials, will be discussed. Electronic properties of materials such as charge transport, dielectric properties, optical properties, magnetic properties, and thermal properties will be discussed using appropriate quantum theory. Materials systems to be studied may include metals, semiconductors, organics, polymers, and insulators.

Enrollment: minimum enrollment 5

Exclusion: MSE462

JTC1134 HSApplied Surface and Interface Science

Instructors:  C. Mims and E.J. Acosta

Lectures, room TBD: day & time TBD

This course covers basic surface physical chemistry relevant to applied science and engineering materials. Among the topics covered are: Surface structures of both crystalline and non-crystalline materials – relaxation, surface electronic structure – work function, band structure, interfacial phenomena, surface thermodynamics, the Gibbs construct, double layer theory, micellular structure, surface kinetics, catalysis, adsorption, adhesion and wetting. This is a companion course to JTC1135, APPLIED SURFACE ANALYSIS which covers analytical techniques for the study of surfaces and interfaces.

This is a companion course to JTC1135HS Applied Surface and Interface Analysis (taught in alternate winter terms) which covers analytical techniques for the study of surfaces and interfaces.

Prerequisite: –

Course Text: TBA