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Graduate Coursework in Materials Science

Fall 2022 Course Listing

MTSC 710 — First year seminar: Resources for Success in Graduate School and Beyond
1 Credit.

This course is required for first year MTSC students. It is designed to expose students to APS research and key resources and skills outside of course work that are needed to be successful in the Materials Science PhD program and beyond. Sessions will include research talks by APS faculty, workshops by invited speakers internal and external to UNC, and presentations by second year PhD students.
Instruction: Friday, 12:20 PM -1:35 PM.

MTSC 755 — Polymer Processing and Properties
3 Credits.
How does one process ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene into ultra-strong fibers or how would you design a polymer shape-memory actuator? Polymer chemistry is important but equally important is the way how polymers are processed. In this course we will discuss the relationship between polymer chemistry, processing and the final, after processing, properties. We will discuss different processing methods that are currently in use) and which parameters play a role in controlling the final properties.
Instruction: T/Th 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM.

MTSC 780 — Advanced Materials Science
3 Credits.

This course covers the physical fundamentals of material science with an in-depth discussion of structure formation in soft and hard materials and how structure determines material mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical properties. Topics include amorphous and crystal structures, defects, dislocation theory, thermodynamics and phase diagrams, diffusion, interfaces and microstructures, solidification, and theory of phase transformation. Special emphasis will be on the structure-property relationships of (bio)polymers, (nano)composites, and their structure property relationships.
Instruction: M/W 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM.