Dr. Ding's research is focused on (1) fundamental understanding of structure and dynamics of polymers in bulk and under confinements, and (2) on applying surface patterning and self-assembly techniques to create functional polymer nanostructures and nanocomposites for emerging applications such as smart materials and separation applications.
MCEN 1024 - Chemistry for Energy and Materials Science
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
Covers the basic physical and chemical fundamentals underlying the disciplines of energy and materials, with a focus on topics relevant to your mechanical engineering education. These fundamentals include atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry and chemical reactions. Recommended prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEN 1201, CHEN 1211, or CHEM 1113.
MCEN 2024 - Materials Science
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Provides an overview of the structure, properties and processing of metallic, polymeric and ceramic materials. Specific topics include perfect and imperfect solids, phase equilibria, transformation kinetics, mechanical behavior and material degradation. Approach incorporates both materials science and materials engineering components.
MCEN 6184 - Structure and Properties of Polymers
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
Emphasizes the relationship between molecular structure and macroscopic properties. Structural aspects include chain conformation, configuration, and the crystalline and amorphous states. Discusses physical and mechanical properties with a focus on solution and phase behavior, transitions of bulk polymers, and rubber and viscoelastic behavior. Requires background in basic material science and polymer related concepts.