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MSE 5200: Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Multicomponent Materials

Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

A review of the fundamental principles of heat, work, basic thermodynamic relations, and criteria for equilibrium. Analytical treatments for the thermodynamic description of multicomponent chemical solutions and reacting systems are developed and employed to predict phase equilibria in materials systems. Builds on the thermodynamic construction to treat the kinetics of chemical reactions and phase transformations. Topics include general first order and second order transitions, along with chemical diffusion. Detailed examples involving nucleation and diffusion limited growth, spinodal decomposition, martensitic transformations, magnetic and electric transitions, and glass formation will be considered. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Materials Science and Engineering
The Materials Science and Engineering Department offers three graduate degree programs representing a range of opportunities for advanced study. While they share several common features, the programs are designed to serve students with a variety of academic backgrounds, technical interests, and career aspirations. In all three programs, it is expected that our graduate students will acquire fundamental understanding of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials, underpinned by the foundational pillars of thermodynamics and kinetics and manifested by the immense landscape of engineered materials and the broad range of physical, chemical, and mechanical functionalities that may be realized in them. Our degree programs include a combination of classroom instruction, seminars, laboratory training, guided teaching experiences, individually mentored independent study, and various forms of materials research experiences, all intended to serve students with a wide range of educational goals. Students are admitted with undergraduate or prior graduate qualifications in a variety of technical areas, and each program of study is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. The accomplishments of our alumni demonstrate that our graduate training enables a wide range of career paths, but certain types of technical employment opportunities are targeted by the specific components within each degree program, as summarized below.