Teaching

[1] MSE3171: Materials Characterization Techniques


Materials characterization techniques are used in quality and assurance programs, i.e., processes of verification, quality management and contamination reduction. They are integral parts of the material production and processes for development of novel materials. Therefore characterization techniques and production/development processes are equally important. This course aims at the foundation of knowledge in modern methodologies of materials characterization and their applications to engineering and scientific problems appearing at production and development of materials, nanomaterials, solid state devices and nanodevices. This knowledge guides the students to select suitable analysis techniques to identify the problems in above processes, to recognize the product quality and/or feedback the analysis data to the material processing.

[2] MSE8014: Phase Transformations and Kinetics


Phase Transformations and Kinetics aims to develop an understanding of why materials and microstructures undergo changes by reinforcing and significantly extending concepts introduced in chemical thermodynamics courses. It provide an understanding of how diffusion enables changes in the chemical distribution and microstructure of materials by discussing mechanisms and rates of diffusion and the role of driving force on diffusional processes. This course aims to formulate and discuss a variety of phase transformations and the effects of temperature and driving force on the nature of the transformation and its impact on the resulting microstructure.

[3] MSE4121: Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings (For undergraduate) 


The course provides fundamental knowledge on modern material syntheses in materials engineering and science. This emerging technology equips the students with knowledge in processing both pure elementary materials and compounds that can be prepared in crystalline, polycrystalline, nanocrystalline or amorphous forms. The course is designed as a practical guide in thin film deposition used in industry and science. It also stimulates ingenuity in experiment and material processing design as well as inventiveness in development of novel materials and nanomaterials. The course represents an important interface between the school and industrial and scientific practice. 

[4] AP6121_AP8121: Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings  (For graduate) 


The course provides fundamental knowledge on modern technologies for thin films and nanomaterials synthesis, and it equips the students with knowledge in processing both pure elementary materials and compounds that can be prepared in crystalline, polycrystalline, nanocrystalline or amorphous forms. Various growth techniques, their working principles and characteristics are discussed in details. The practical applications of these techniques are demonstrated. The course is designed as a practical guide in thin film deposition used in industry and science. It also stimulates ingenuity in experiment and material processing design as well as inventiveness in development of novel materials and nanomaterials. The course represents an important interface between the school and industrial and scientific practice.

[5] MSE6177 - Smart and Functional Materials for Advanced Students (For graduate)


The lecture is started by providing the concepts of electronic transitions of materials upon excitation, and used it as a bridge to convey the essential photophysical properties, and with an emphasis on the possible applications, c.f. organic light emitting diodes, solar cells and photovoltaics, chemical and bio-sensing, etc. This course will provide the interested students with basic knowledge of optoelectronic materials and/or small molecules, with a focus on the principles in controlling the emission color and efficiency, and fabrication of devices.