Curriculum of the PhD Program

Core Courses
MSE 501  Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering* Credit: (3-0) 3,   ECTS: 8
MSE 502  Physical Properties of Materials* Credit:(3-0) 3, ECTS: 8
MSE 503  Materials Science and Engineering Thermodynamics* Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 8
MSE 600  Ph.D. Thesis Credit: (0-1) NC, ECTS: 26
MSE 601  Ph.D. Thesis Seminar Credit: (0-2) NC, ECTS: 8
MSE 8XX Special Studies Credit: (8-0), NC ECTS: 4
*Students who had already taken these Core Courses in Master Program are free from obligation of these courses. Instead, they can take elective courses.
Elective Courses
MSE 508 Glass Science and Technology Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 509 Atomistic Simulation of Materials – I Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 510 Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 511 Kinetics Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 512 Solid State Physics Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 513 Materials Microstructure Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 514 Molecular Aspects of Soft Materials Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 515 Quantum Mechanics for MSE Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 516 Nanomaterials and Surface Engineering Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 517 Spectroscopic Methods of Materials Characterization Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 518 Electroceramic Materials Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 519 Atomistic Simulation of Materials – II Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
MSE 520 Transport in Nanostructures Credit: (3-0) 3, ECTS: 7
Students in interdisciplinary programs register for the 8XX course in the department of their advisors.
In addition to MSE elective courses, students can take any graduate courses as elective from any departments.
Total credit (min.) :21 (for students with M.S. degree)
Number of courses with credit (min.): 7 (for students with M.S. degree)
Total credit (min.) : 42 (for students with B.S. degree)
Number of courses with credit (min.): 14 (for students with B.S. degree)
The pdf form of the curriculum of the PhD program in Material Science and Engineering is here MSE-PhD.
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MSE 501 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
Fundamentals of materials, atomic bonding, crystal structures, non-crystalline structures, defects, diffusion, mechanical properties, microstructure, phase diagrams, heat treatment.
MSE 502 Physical Properties of Materials
Mechanical properties of materials, electrical properties of materials, thermal properties of materials, optical properties of materials, magnetic properties of materials.
MSE 503 Materials Science and Engineering Thermodynamics
Advanced thermodynamic treatment of inorganic materials. Application of the laws of thermodynamics to the chemical behaviour of materials. Multicomponent systems, phase and chemical reactions equilibrium. Thermodynamics of phase transformations. Introduction to the surface thermodynamics.
MSE 508 Glass Science and Technology
The course will provide the student with the fundamental concepts towards the understanding of glass forming principles, composition, bulk and surface structure and properties of inorganic glasses. The student will also learn the traditional and advancing technologies used for glass making.
MSE 509 Atomistic Simulation of Materials – I
In this course, the students will be introduced with the basic
concepts in modeling and simulation of materials; and they will
make a fast introduction to the applications of density functional theory, which is one of the leading methods in quantum mechanical modeling of materials. Approximately half of the lectures will be reserved for hands-on tutorials.
MSE 510 Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy
This course covers real-time observations using modern scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, while also providing information on the required stages and samples. The course begins with introductory material and the basics, before describing advancements and
applications in dynamic transmission electron microscopy and reflection electron microscopy. Some keywords are aspects of electron optics, electron beam generation, electron–specimen interactions, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, field ion microscopy, probe techniques, tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, other scanning probe techniques.
MSE 511 Kinetics
The concept of kinetic. The solution of kinetic data. Chemical kinetic. Rate theories. Diffusion in solids, liquids and gases. Homogenization, carburization, decarburization, solid-gas reactions, oxidation, nitriding, dissolution in solids and liquids, precipitation in solids and liquids and deformation kinetic.
MSE 512 Solid State Physics
Basic of quantum mechanics, crystal structures, bonding in solids, Fourier analysis of periodic functions, reciprocal lattice and crystal diffraction, lattice vibrations, phonon heat capacity, free and non interacting electrons, electrons in periodic potential, semiconductors.
MSE 513 Materials Microstructure
Crystallography, crystal structures and the effect of symmetry on properties. The structure of amorphous materials. The nature and kinetic of microstructural transformations in materials. Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation. The defects and dislocations in crystals.
MSE 514 Molecular Aspects of Soft Materials
Molecules and Molecular Compounds, Single molecules, Macromolecules, Supramolecules, Self-assembly.
MSE 515 Quantum Mechanics of Materials Science and Engineering
Background for Quantum Mechanics, photoelectric effect and de Broglie waves, The Bohr model and Electron diffraction, Probability and uncertainty, wave functions and the Schrödinger wave equation, potential wells; potential barriers and tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, Zeeman effect, electron spin, many electron atoms and the exclusion principle, X-ray spectra.
MSE 516 Nanomaterials and Surface Engineering
“Nanomaterials,” is an interdisciplinary introduction to processing, structure, and properties of materials at the nanometer length scale. The course will cover recent breakthroughs and assess the impact of this burgeoning field. Specific nanofabrication topics include epitaxy, beam lithographies, self- assembly, biocatalytic synthesis, atom optics, and scanning probe lithography. The unique size- dependent properties (mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical, electronic, and magnetic) that result from nanoscale structure will be explored in the context of technological applications including computation, magnetic storage, sensors, and actuators.
MSE 517 Spectroscopic Methods of Materials Characterization
In addition to obtaining materials, identifying physical and chemical properties of materials will provide the most efficient utilization. Different modern techniques have been developed in order to characterize micro and nano sized materials. Teaching the most prominent of these techniques and their applications will help grad students developing their experimental skills. This course presents the physical and chemical characterization of materials by spectroscopic techniques, e.g. UV-vis, IR, Raman, fluorescence, NMR and EPR spectroscopies and also by mass spectrometry.
MSE 518 Electroceramic Materials
In this course, electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties of ceramic materials with different electronics applications will be covered; focusing on the correlation of these physical properties to the crystal and defect structure as well as microstructure. In particular, tailoring the functional properties for a specific application will be emphasized by using representative materials in different aplications.
MSE 519 Atomistic Simulations of Materials – II
In this course, the students will be introduced with the concepts in modeling and simulation of materials. Computation of elastic, vibrational, thermal, optical and magnetic properties of materials will be reviewed using state-of-the-art tools. Approximately half of the lecture hours will be reserved for computations.
MSE 520 Transport in Nanostructures
In this course, the students will be introduced with the fundamental concepts of the nano-scale transport. They will learn about the basics of electronic, spintronic and thermal transport at the quantum limit. Transport regimes ranging from ballistic transport to diffusive transport and localization regimes will be visited. Recent advances in the literature will be addressed.
MSE 601 PhD Thesis Seminar
The first two weeks of the course, effective oral/written reporting scientific results will be explained. Ethical and unethical behavior in science and scientific studies will be discussed. Moreover, awareness of the students about scientific plagiarism will be created. A seminar must be given by each student on his/her research area which is graded by academic member of staff. The topic of the seminar can be decided by the student and his/her supervisor.
MSE 8XX Special Studies
Graduate students supervised by the same faculty member study advanced topics under the guidance of their advisor.