Graduate Courses


Courses for the upcoming fall/winter terms open for enrolment as of August 1, 2019 at 6:00 a.m.

Enrolment closes September 23, 2019 for fall courses and January 20, 2020 for winter courses.

Course drop date for fall courses is October 28, 2019.

Course drop date for winter courses is February 24, 2020.


Fall 2019

(Most formal classes begin the week of September 9, 2019)


MSE1022H Special Topics in Materials Science I: Advanced Quality Engineering

Instructor: S. Argyropoulos

Lectures, room ES4001: Thursday (5:00 – 7:00)

This course will focus on the use of online modern engineering methods for quality control and improvement of the finished product and/or the process utilized. Beyond getting a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles, the course will also cover a wide range of statistical methods using state of the art technology, focusing on applications from materials engineering. The course objective is to give the student a sound understanding of the principles of statistical quality control. It will include statistical quality control, process measurement and system capability analysis, demerit systems, acceptance sampling plans and elements of reliability prediction.

Prerequisite: a previous course in Engineering Statistics

Course Text: TBA

Minimum Enrollment: 5

Maximum Enrollment: approximately 15


MSE1026HF  Analytical Electron Microscopy

Instructor: J. Howe
Lectures, room RS310: Tuesday  (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


MSE1036HF Application of Electrochemical Techniques in Materials Science

This course will be offered September 3 (Tuesday) – September 9 (Monday), only REVISED DATES

Instructor: S. Thorpe

Lectures, room WB134: 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.

Course Text: TBA
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 16


MSE1037HF  Process Metallurgy of Iron and Steel

Instructor: K. Chattopadhyay
Lectures, room WB130: Wednesday (6:00 – 8:00)
Tutorials, room GB304: Mondays (6:00 – 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.

Prerequisite: knowledge of thermodynamics      
Exclusion: MSE437                          
Course Text: TBA
Minimum Enrollment: 5


MSE1038HF  Computational Materials Design (formerly MSE1032 Atomistic Modelling of Materials)

Instructor: C.V. Singh
Lectures: room MC254: Tuesday (1:00 – 3:00)
Labs: room GB119: Monday (3:00 – 5:00)

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.     
Exclusion: MSE1032, MSE438
Course Text: TBA
Minimum Enrollment:  5
Maximum Enrollment: 20 (approx.)



 Winter 2020

(Most formal courses begin the week of January 6, 2020)


MSE1022HF Special Topics in Materials Science I: Material Assemblages

Instructor: G. Hibbard
Lectures, room ES4001: Thursday (5:00 – 7:00)

This course tackles the question of understanding materials systems in general. We begin by defining a multi-scaled framework of material assemblages: first at the level of nuclide (nuclear physics), then at the level of molecule (chemistry), then upwards to the ultra-molecular.

Of the three, it is the ultra-molecular that is the least formalized and for it we look to define a framework of material information. Our starting point is the crystal physics of Nye [Nye, 1957], which offers an analytical framework for considering reversible material thermodynamics and provides a complete tensorial description of energetic inputs.

Reversible thermodynamics, however, represents only a very limited range of material behavior and different conceptual tools are needed to consider the more interesting thermodynamically irreversible material phenomena. Irreversible material dynamics unfold over a multiplicity of organizational scales and model systems are necessary for illustrating these changes. First we start with those material systems occupying the intersectionality between simplest molecular configuration and greatest extent of physical understanding.

We then move on to look at the question of relative material complication in several steps. First in the hard condensed materials and then in the soft condensed materials. We look at why one type of system is more difficult to model than another. We will also address the hypothetical question of limiting material complication: what is the most complicated a material system can be? Student projects will be assigned as case studies examining more detailed aspects of these questions.

Prerequisite: None
Course Text: Selected Readings
Minimum Enrollment: 5


MSE1031HS  Forensic 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


MSE1058HS   Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems

Instructor: S. Thorpe
Lectures, room MY315: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday  (11:00 – 12:00)

Tutorials, room SF3201: Tuesday (1:00 – 3:00) 

The unique surface properties and the ability to surface engineer nanocrystalline structures renders these materials to be ideal candidates for use in corrosion, catalysis and energy conversion devices. This course deals with the fabrication of materials suitable for use as protective coatings, and their specific exploitation in fields of hydrogen technologies (electrolysis, storage, and fuel cells) linked to renewables. These new devices are poised to have major impacts on power generation utilities, the automotive sector, and society at large. The differences in observed electrochemical behavior between amorphous, nanocrystalline and polycrystalline solid materials will be discussed in terms of their surface structure and surface chemistry. A major team design project along with demonstrative laboratory exercises constitutes a major portion of this course. 

Prerequisite: Familiarity with nanomaterials and nanostructures is desirable.
Exclusion: MSE558; MSE458
Course Texts:             

  • “Fuel Cell Fundamentals”, R. O’Hayre, S. Cha, W. Colella, and F. Prinz, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2006 (recommended but not required)
  • “Fuel Cell Systems Explained”, J. Larminie, A. Dicks,  John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2003 (recommended but not required)
  • “Alternate Energy Systems and Applications“, B.K. Hodge, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 2010 (recommended but not required

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MSE1062HS Materials Physics

Instructor: Z.H. Lu

Lectures, room WB119: Monday (9:00 – 11:00)

Tutorials, room BL306:  Wednesday (10:00 – 11:00)

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