Graduate Online Course

Nature of Materials (MTS 601)
MW      4:20PM CST to  5:40PM CST 
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is offering Materials Science 601 via remote learning this semester.  The course is a three credit hour graduate level introductory course to Materials Science. Students may either apply for admission to the materials science program or enroll as a non-degree student.  A brief overview of the course is below.  Questions may be answered by contacting

Course Description: Fundamental chemistry and structure of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Mol%, wt%, ppx, number densities, and polymer molecular weights. Covalent, ionic, metallic, and intermolecular bonding. Crystallography and disorder. Point, line, and volume defects. Phase diagrams.

Requisite Knowledge: Undergraduate general chemistry. First semester of undergraduate physics. Three semesters of calculus and differential equations. Ability to use a spreadsheet application for basic calculations and graphing of functions (e.g. y = k / x^2). Ability to read output from a computer program such as MathCad, MatLab, Maple, or Mathematica or Python.

Faculty Instructor:  Dr. Jeffrey Weimer has faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  His research interests are in surface science and technology.  Dr. Weimer received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been on the UAH.

Topics Covered:  CHEMISTRY: Composition and a survey of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Advanced Topics will include  ppX values; mass, molar, and number density; polymer reaction chemistry; molar masses of polymers. BONDING: bond types (primary, secondary); bond forces (Hook’s law, ionic bonds); bond energies and Advanced Topics such as other bond potential energy/force expressions; the Born-Haber cycle; covalent bonds to metallic bands. STRUCTURE: qualitative terminologies; Bravais lattices and Advanced Topics that will include polymer structures; symmetry notations in crystallography; probability density formulations for disorder.DISTURBANCES: defects and microstructures. Advanced Topics: vacancy population; atomic (point defect) diffusion and polymer defects. PHASES:  Thermodynamic Foundations: definitions and rules. Advanced Topics include Gibb’s energy expressions and Clayperon equations. DIAGRAMS: Pure Materials, Binary Materials and Ternary Materials.