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Spring 2023

613 Special Topics | Spectroscopy

Credit hours: 3
Instructor: Kabbani, Ahmad

The course integrates fundamental knowledge of vibrational [Raman ,IR], electronic, magnetic resonance and X-ray spectroscopic techniques [including XPS and AUGER] to solve challenges in applied science and engineering research. Theoretical principles and symmetry rules are used to predict, generate and interpret atomic and molecular spectra. Instrumental component of the course gives special attention to operando in situ characterization. Will be a three-credit-hour course. Repeatable for Credit.


614 Special Topics | Quantum materials for disruptive technologies

Credit hours: 3
Instructor: Swaminathan, Venkataraman

Quantum materials currently represent a fast-growing area of research in materials science. Many known materials such as Heusler alloys and thermoelectric materials are now studied under the purview of quantum materials to exploit their potential in quantum information science. Many new topological materials (e.g., NaZnBi, MnBi2Te4) are being identified with exotic properties offering the potential for new applications. Perovskites have emerged as the promising solar cell material and as a replacement for the traditional silicon based solar cells. New functional materials, tailored to the applications, will be discovered using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques. Topological design of layered materials, such as the core-shell architectures, will be a new tool to leverage topology-property relationships and discover new applications or as an upgrade for existing designs. In this course we will examine the emerging materials for applications in diverse areas such as energy, electronics, health, quantum information science. An important component of the course would be to expose students to design material solutions to invent new applications and/or to innovate for disruptive technologies.


613 Special Topics | Electrochemical Materials, Energy and Methods

The course emphasizes the principles of electrochemical devices including batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, and electrochemical sensors. Topics will emphasize the latest trends and challenges in the chemistry, materials, and physics involved in the materials design, electrochemical measurements, and characterization of these devices as well as the thermodynamics and kinetics related to different electrode processes at the macroscopic and microscopic levels. This will be a three-credit hour course. Repeatable for Credit. Professor: Ahmad Kabbani

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