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MATSCI 82N: Science of the Impossible

Imagine a world where cancer is cured with light, objects can be made invisible, and teleportation is allowed through space and time. The future once envisioned by science fiction writers is now becoming a reality, thanks to advances in materials science and engineering. This seminar will explore 'impossible' technologies - those that have shaped our past and those that promise to revolutionize the future. Attention will be given to both the science and the societal impact of these technologies. We will begin by investigating breakthroughs from the 20th century that seemed impossible in the early 1900s, such as the invention of integrated circuits and the discovery of chemotherapy. We will then discuss the scientific breakthroughs that enabled modern 'impossible' science, such as photodynamic cancer therapeutics, invisibility, and psychokinesis through advanced mind-machine interfaces. Lastly, we will explore technologies currently perceived as completely impossible and brainstorm the breakthroughs needed to make such science fiction a reality. The course will include introductory lectures and in-depth conversations based on readings. Students will also be given the opportunity to lead class discussions on a relevant 'impossible science' topic of their choosing.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3
Instructors: Dionne, J. (PI)

MATSCI 100: Undergraduate Independent Study

Independent study in materials science under supervision of a faculty member.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-3 | Repeatable for credit

MATSCI 126: Invention to Innovation: The Process of Translation (MATSCI 226)

Ideas need to be translated before the world recognizes and benefits by innovation. In other words, not all inventions end up being useful to humanity or the environment. The bridge between conceptualization and practicality is in translation of ideas to practice. There are several historic examples of close ties between translation and innovation in US history and in the industrial world. Translation is closely associated both with innovation and disruption. The class intends to address specific challenges including the following. The businesses on their path to innovation are strongly rate-limited by the translation problems of new ideas. Many of the inventions often do not make it into the market place or are disrupted at multiple levels in ways that are generally unpredictable. The class intends to provide an understanding how disruptive innovations take place in the context of the larger frame of translation and a framework for traversing this difficult path. In addition to class lectures, practitioners who have been involved in the process of translation in the real world will be invited to share their experiences.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4

MATSCI 142: Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials

Introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to the properties of materials. No prior background beyond a working knowledge of calculus and high school physics is presumed. Topics include: The Schrodinger equation and applications to understanding of the properties of quantum dots, semiconductor heterostructures, nanowires, and bulk solids. Tunneling processes and applications to nanoscale devices; the scanning tunneling microscope, and quantum cascade lasers. Simple models for the electronic properties and band structure of materials including semiconductors, insulators, and metals, and applications to semiconductor devices. An introduction to quantum computing. Recommended: ENGR 50 or equivalent introductory materials science course. (Formerly 157)
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA

MATSCI 144: Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies

Understand the thermodynamics and efficiency limits of modern green technologies such as carbon dioxide capture from air, fuel cells, batteries, and geothermal power. Recommended: ENGR 50 or equivalent introductory materials science course. (Formerly 154)
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Chueh, W. (PI)

MATSCI 150: Undergraduate Research

Participation in a research project.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-6 | Repeatable for credit

MATSCI 156: Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution

Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci
Instructors: Chen, E. (PI)

MATSCI 159Q: Japanese Companies and Japanese Society (ENGR 159Q)

Preference to sophomores. The structure of a Japanese company from the point of view of Japanese society. Visiting researchers from Japanese companies give presentations on their research enterprise. The Japanese research ethic. The home campus equivalent of a Kyoto SCTI course.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci
Instructors: Sinclair, R. (PI)

MATSCI 163: Mechanical Behavior Laboratory (MATSCI 173)

This course introduces students to experimental techniques widely used in both industry and academia to characterize the mechanical properties of engineering materials. Students will learn how to perform tensile testing and nanoindentation experiments and how they can be used to study the mechanical behavior of several materials including metals, ceramics, and polymers. Through our laboratory sessions, students will also explore concepts related to materials fabrication and design, data analysis, performance optimization, and experimental decision-making. Enrollment is limited to 20. Prerequisites: ENGR 50 or equivalent introductory materials science course. MATSCI 151 and MATSCI 160 recommended." Undergraduates register for 163 for 4 units, Graduates register for 173 for 3 units.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Yan, H. (PI)

MATSCI 164: Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices Laboratory (MATSCI 174)

Lab course. Current electronic and photonic materials and devices. Device physics and micro-fabrication techniques. Students design, fabricate, and perform physical characterization on the devices they have fabricated. Established techniques and materials such as photolithography, metal evaporation, and Si technology; and novel ones such as soft lithography and organic semiconductors. Prerequisite: MATSCI 152 or 199 or consent of instructor. Undergraduates register in 164 for 4 units; graduates register in 174 for 3 units. Students are required to sign up for lecture and one lab section. Lab section availability will be discussed during week 1.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Hong, G. (PI)
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