The Emergent Nanomaterials Lab manipulates matter on the smallest of scales to create materials with emergent properties, characterized by novel and sometimes surprising features arising from the interactions of multiple bodies. By synthesizing, assembling, combining and organizing nanoscale building blocks, we design technologies that enhance the quality of human lives in the domains of health, energy, sensory augmentation and self-expression.
ATLS 4141 - Color
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
Examines the generation and perception of colors in the context of physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology as a foundation for making. Explores the synthesis and applications of color dyes and pigments in art and design through lectures, readings, experiments, and projects.
ATLS 7600 - ATLAS Research Career Development
A discussion-style class with brief lectures, expert panels, and research projects aimed at helping students to be competitive and successful in today�s job market. The course is broken up into four units: Ethics, which covers topics including implicit bias, responsible conduct of research (RCR, as required by NIH and NSF grants), intellectual property management, authorship, and designing research; Communication, which covers how to give critiques and conduct peer reviews for publications, how to negotiate needs, how to resolve conflicts (including across social and power strata), and how to give presentations; Professional Development, which focuses on job preparations including grant writing, panels with successful people in both industry and academia, CV and resume development, and how to interview well; and Work-Life Management, which will focus on successful self care practices, formation, use and function of student unions, and family and medical leave. Students will be required to complete weekly assignments as well as produce/participate in literature reviews, elevator pitches, career-related presentations (of choice), and grant proposal components. Previously offered as a special topics course.
MCEN 1024 - Chemistry for Energy and Materials Science
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
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
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.