Materials Science and Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: the Master of Engineering (MEng), 5th Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS/MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Master of Engineering (MEng)

In collaboration with other departments in the College of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering is offering a professional master’s degree. The accelerated program is designed to develop professional engineering leaders in materials science and engineering who are seeking knowledge and leadership experience in MSE.

Prospective students will be engineers, typically with industrial experience, who aspire to substantially advance in their careers and ultimately to lead large, complex organizations, both in the public and private sectors.

You may choose to apply to either the full-time one-year program or part-time program for working professionals. You will be asked to choose which option you will be considered for during the application process. Both options employ the same standards and criteria for admissions.

5th Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS/MS)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a five-year combined BS/MS program to our undergraduate student cohort. In this program, the existing four-year undergraduate program (BS) will be augmented with a fifth year of graduate study that provides a professionally-oriented component, preparing students for careers in engineering or engineering management within the business, government, and industrial sectors. This five-year program emphasizes interdisciplinary study through an independent project coupled to coursework.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students pursuing the PhD may also declare a designated emphasis (DE) in one of the following programs: Communication, Computation, and Statistics; Computational and Genomic Biology; Computational Science and Engineering; Energy Science and Technology; or Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

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Admissions

Admission to the University

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  3. If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates, but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

The Graduate Division will admit students for a second doctoral degree only if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants with doctoral degrees may be admitted for an additional doctoral degree only if that degree program is in a general area of knowledge distinctly different from the field in which they earned their original degree. For example, a physics PhD could be admitted to a doctoral degree program in music or history; however, a student with a doctoral degree in mathematics would not be permitted to add a PhD in statistics.
  2. Applicants who hold the PhD degree may be admitted to a professional doctorate or professional master’s degree program if there is no duplication of training involved.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. If the applicant is admitted, then official transcripts of all college-level work will be required. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) attended. If you have attended Berkeley, upload your unofficial transcript with your application for the departmental initial review. If you are admitted, an official transcript with evidence of degree conferral will not be required.
  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, not the Graduate Division.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants from countries or political entities in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:
    • courses in English as a Second Language,
    • courses conducted in a language other than English,
    • courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and
    • courses of a non-academic nature.

If applicants have previously been denied admission to Berkeley on the basis of their English language proficiency, they must submit new test scores that meet the current minimum from one of the standardized tests.

Where to Apply

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page

Admission to the Program

Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience. The MSE department also considers the appropriateness of your goals to the degree program in which you are interested and to the research interests of the program’s faculty.

To be considered for graduate admissions in MSE you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent (must be conferred prior to enrollment into our program) from an accredited institution in engineering, physics or chemistry is required. We do not accept students without these types of degrees.
  • Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B). International students should be in the top 5% of their class.
  • We require three letters of recommendation submitted online.
  • A general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test score (85th percentile or higher is desirable) in the Verbal/Analytical/Quantitative sections.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Normative Time Requirements

Normative Time to Advancement

Step I: Pass the preliminary exam—scheduled prior to the start of the second semester. In this oral exam students must demonstrate (i) mastery of the essential components of a Materials Science and Engineering education at a level commensurate with the completion of an undergraduate MSE degree at Berkeley, and (ii) their ability to use this knowledge in ongoing research.

Step II: Complete the minimum number of semester units of formal course work (major and minors) is 28, of which 16 must be in graduate units in the major field.

Step III: Pass the qualifying exam.

Normative Time in Candidacy

Step IV: Submission of the doctoral dissertation.

Total Normative Time

Total normative time is five years.

Time to Advancement

Curriculum

Courses Required
Approved study list per student’s research interest but must include course requirements below:
Thermodynamics
MAT SCI 201AThermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids4
Select one of the following in Structure & Bonding:3
Crystal Structure and Bonding
Computational Materials Science
Materials Characterization
MAT SCI 204Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction2-3
or MAT SCI 241 Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Select one of the following in Material Properties:3-4
Defects in Solids
Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials
Environmental Effects on Materials Properties and Behavior
Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Thin-Film Science and Technology
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces
Surface Properties of Materials
Select one of the following in Materials Processing:3-4
Metals Processing
Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Thin-Film Science and Technology
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces
Teaching Pedagogy:
MAT SCI 375AScience and Engineering Pedagogy1-2
or MAT SCI 375B Supervised Teaching of Materials Science and Engineering

Preliminary Exams

In this oral exam students must demonstrate:

  1. Mastery of the essential components of a Materials Science and Engineering education at a level commensurate with the completion of an undergraduate MSE degree at Berkeley, and
  2. Their ability to use this knowledge in ongoing research.

The examination is divided into six topics germane to ceramic, metallic, semiconducting, and soft materials, including their appropriate composites. Six faculty examiners are appointed each semester by the department chair, one examiner per topic, who conduct the exam in individual oral interviews lasting approximately 20 minutes. The examination topics are:

  1. Thermodynamics;
  2. Phase Transformations;
  3. Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects; 
  4. Materials Characterization;
  5. Mechanical Properties; and
  6. Electronic Properties.

Qualifying Examination

The PhD qualifying exam tests the student's ability to identify a significant problem, to assemble the background information needed to grasp it in the context of the field, and to construct a technical approach that provides a plausible path to its solution. At the same time the qualifying exam will test the student's knowledge of the subject matter within the broad research field and his or her major field.

The examination consists of two parts, namely, a written proposal, and the oral examination:

  1. Written Proposal. The proposal describes intended PhD research. At least two weeks before the examination date the student must submit a written research proposal to his/her committee. The proposal must include a one page abstract and be roughly five to ten pages long. It must contain a concise statement of the research problem and its significance, a discussion of the technical background, the technical approach (experimental and/or theoretical), the anticipated results, and a bibliography. This written proposal is to be prepared by the student without direct collaboration or assistance from the faculty.
  2. The Examination. The student should prepare a 30-minute oral presentation of the research proposal(s). The committee will question the student on the material presented orally, the material contained in the written proposal, and on the general technical background to the research area. The student should be familiar with the relevant literature. The student must also defend the significance of the research problem and the viability of the technical approach. The second part of the examination consists of questions in the major and minor fields.

Time in Candidacy

Dissertation

Required Professional Development

Teaching

The faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering considers teaching experience to be an important part of a doctoral student’s program of study and requires that all graduate students pursuing a PhD serve at least one semester as a graduate student instructor (GSI) in an MSE course (usually after the first year).

Seminar

All graduate students are required to enroll (MAT SCI 298-Sect 1) and attend the weekly department colloquium series.

Master's Degree Requirements (MS)

Unit Requirements

There are two plans for the master of science degree.

Plan I requires a minimum of 20 semester units are required, of which at least 8 must be strictly graduate units in the major subject (University requirement), and of these 8, there shall be no more than 2 units of credit for MAT SCI 299 while the remaining units must be graded course units. The remaining 12 units may be upper division or graduate courses proposed by the student and research supervisor and approved by the major field adviser.

Plan II requires a minimum 24 semester units is required, of  which at least 12 must be strictly graduate units in the major subject, and of these 12 units, there shall be no more than a total of 2 units of credit MAT SCI 299. The remaining 12 units may be graded upper division or graduate courses approved by the major field adviser.

Curriculum

Courses Required
Thermodynamics:
MAT SCI 201AThermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids4
Structure & Bonding:
MAT SCI 202Crystal Structure and Bonding3
or MAT SCI 215 Computational Materials Science
Materials Characterization:
MAT SCI 204Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction2-3
or MAT SCI 241 Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Select one of the following in Materials Properties:3-4
Defects in Solids
Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials
Environmental Effects on Materials Properties and Behavior
Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Thin-Film Science and Technology
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces
Surface Properties of Materials
Select one of the following in Materials Processing:3-4
Metals Processing
Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Thin-Film Science and Technology
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces
Electives - for remaining units required (20, Plan I; 24, Plan II)5-9

Capstone/Thesis (Plan I)

A thesis is required. The research topic and research supervisor must be specified on the program of study form.

The thesis committee is formally appointed by the dean of the Graduate Division upon recommendation of the student's major field adviser and the AAC. It consists of three members: the research supervisor plus one other member from the department, and one member either be from outside the College of Engineering or from a field of engineering not closely related to that of the candidate. The student is encouraged to consult all committee members while the research is in progress.

Capstone/Comprehensive Exam (Plan II)

Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. This requirement is waived for students who have passed the preliminary examination. For those students who chose not to take the preliminary examination, the major field adviser will appoint a committee of two departmental faculty members to administer the comprehensive examination.

At least a month before the student intends to graduate, a project report based on MAT SCI 299 work or on a phase of his/her work as a research assistant and approved by the project supervisor, must be submitted to the committee. It is the student's responsibility to see that the final corrected report is submitted and the examination taken by the last day of the semester.

Master's Degree Requirements (MEng)

Unit Requirements

Minimum units to complete the degree is 25 semester units (must be in 200 series). Twelve units must be materials science and engineering units; 8 semester units must be in core leadership curriculum units; and 5 semester units in the capstone project units.

Curriculum  

These concentrations are suggestions only. Students are encouraged to select electives that best satisfy their specific educational objectives.

General Program Concentration

Technical Electives I
Select one of the following:3
Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids
Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
Computational Materials Science
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Photovoltaic Materials; Modern Technologies in the Context of a Growing Renewable Energy Market
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces
Technical Electives II & III
Select two of the following:6-7
Crystal Structure and Bonding
Defects in Solids
Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials
Environmental Effects on Materials Properties and Behavior
Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine
Thin-Film Science and Technology

Materials for Advanced Energy Systems Concentration

Technical Electives I
Select one of the following:3
Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids
Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
Technical Electives II & III
Select two of the following:6-7
Crystal Structure and Bonding
Thin-Film Science and Technology

Materials for Advanced Structural Materials Concentration

Technical Electives I
Select one of the following:3
Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids
Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
Computational Materials Science
Technical Electives II & III
Select 6-7 units of the following:6-7
Crystal Structure and Bonding
Defects in Solids
Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials

Advances in Opto-Electronic Materials Concentration

Technical Electives I
Select one of the following:3
Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids
Semiconductor Materials
Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Technical Electives II & III
Select 6-7 units of the following:6-7
Crystal Structure and Bonding
Thin-Film Science and Technology

Capstone/Master's Project (Plan II)

Your team capstone project analyzes and addresses an industry challenge to integrate the core curriculum with your technical coursework.

Courses

Materials Science and Engineering

MAT SCI 200A Survey of Materials Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A survey of Materials Science at the beginning graduate level, intended for those who did not major in the field as undergraduates. Focus on the nature of microstructure and its manipulation and control to determine engineering properties. Reviews bonding, structure and microstructure, the chemical, electromagnetic and mechanical properties of materials, and introduces the student to microstructural engineering.

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MAT SCI 201A Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The laws of thermodynamics, fundamental equations for multicomponent elastic solids and electromagnetic media, equilibrium criteria. Application to solution thermodynamics, point defects in solids, phase diagrams. Phase transitions, Landau rule, symmetry rules. Interfaces, nucleation theory, elastic effects. Kinetics: diffusion of heat, mass and charge; coupled flows.

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MAT SCI 202 Crystal Structure and Bonding 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Regular, irregular arrays of points, spheres; lattices, direct, reciprocal; crystallographic point and space groups; atomic structure; bonding in molecules; bonding in solids; ionic (Pauling rules), covalent, metallic bonding; structure of elements, compounds, minerals, polymers.

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MAT SCI 204 Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Basic principles of techniques used in the characterization of engineering materials by electron microscopy, diffraction, and spectroscopy; emphasis on detailed analysis of defects responsible for materials properties. Modern electrical, optical and particle beam techniques for characterization of bulk single crystals and their crystalline and amorphous layers. Examples Hall effect, Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy, IR-Spectroscopy.

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MAT SCI 205 Defects in Solids 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
Many properties of solid state materials are determined by lattice defects. This course treats in detail the structure of crystal defects, defect formation and annihilation processes, and the influence of lattice defects on the physical and optical properties of crystalline materials.

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MAT SCI C208 Biological Performance of Materials 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015
This course is intended to give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of topics related to biomedical materials selection and design. Structure-property relationships of biomedical materials and their interaction with biological systems will be addressed. Applications of the concepts developed include blood-materials compatibility, biomimetic materials, hard and soft tissue-materials interactions, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and biote
chnology.
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MAT SCI C211 Mechanics of Solids 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Mechanical response of materials: Simple tension in elastic, plastic and viscoelastic members. Continuum mechanics: The stress and strain tensors, equilibrium, compatibility. Three-dimensional elastic, plastic and viscoelastic problems. Thermal, transformation, and dealloying stresses. Applications: Plane problems, stress concentrations at defects, metal forming problems.

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MAT SCI C212 Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course covers deformation and fracture behavior of engineering materials for both monotonic and cyclic loading conditions.

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MAT SCI 213 Environmental Effects on Materials Properties and Behavior 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Review of electrochemical aspects of corrosion; pitting and crevice corrosion; active/passive transition; fracture mechanics approach to corrosion; stress corrosion cracking; hydrogen embrittlement; liquid metal embrittlement; corrosion fatigue; testing methods.

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MAT SCI C214 Micromechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Basic theories, analytical techniques, and mathematical foundations of micromechanics. It includes 1. physical micromechanics, such as mathematical theory of dislocation, and cohesive fracture models; 2. micro-elasticity that includes Eshelby's eigenstrain theory, comparison variational principles, and micro-crack/micro-cavity based damage theory; 3. theoretical composite material that includes the main methodologies in evaluating overall
material properties; 4. meso-plasticity that includes meso-damage theory, and the crystal plasticity; 5. homogenization theory for materials with periodic structures.
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MAT SCI 215 Computational Materials Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Introduction to computational materials science. Development of atomic scale simulations for materials science applications. Application of kinetic Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, and total energy techniques to the modeling of surface diffusion processes, elastic constants, ideal shear strengths, and defect properties. Introduction to simple numerical methods for solving coupled differential equations and for studying correlations.

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MAT SCI C216 Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Overview of the problems associated with the selection and function of polymers used in biotechnology and medicine. Principles of polymer science, polymer synthesis, and structure-property-performance relationships of polymers. Particular emphasis is placed on the performance of polymers in biological environments. Interactions between macromolecular and biological systems for therapy and diagnosis. Specific applications will
include drug delivery, gene therapy, tissue engineering, and surface engineering.
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MAT SCI 217 Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Introduction to the physical principles underlying the dielectric and magnetic properties of solids. Processing-microstructure-property relationships of dielectric materials, including piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and ferroelectric oxides, and of magnetic materials, including hard- and soft ferromagnets, ferrites and magneto-optic and -resistive materials. The course also covers the properties of grain boundary devices (including varistors) as well as ion-conducting
and mixed conducting materials for applications in various devices such as sensors, fuel cells, and electric batteries.
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MAT SCI 223 Semiconductor Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Semiconductor purification and crystal growth techniques. Doping, radiation damage, and annealing. Metal-semiconductor interfaces and reactions. Interaction between defects and impurities during processing of devices. Major electronic and optical methods for the analysis of semiconductors.

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MAT SCI 224 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
This course covers the fundamentals of magnetism and magnetic materials in the first two-thirds of the class. Topics include magnetic moments in classical versus quantum mechanical pictures, diamagnetism, paramagnetism, crystal field environments, dipolar and exchange interactions, ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism, magnetic domains, magnetic anisotropy, and magnetostriction. Magnetic materials covered include transition metals, their alloys and
oxides, rare earths and their oxides, organic and molecular magnets. Throughout the course, experimental techniques in magnetic characterization will be discussed. The second part of the course will focus on particular magnetic materials and devices that are of technological interest (e.g., magnetoresistive and magneto-optical materials and devices). Additional topics include biomagnetism and spin glasses.
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MAT SCI C225 Thin-Film Science and Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Thin-film nucleation and growth, microstructural evolution and reactions. Comparison of thin-film deposition techniques. Characterization techniques. Processing of thin films by ion implantation and rapid annealing. Processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships in the context of applications in information storage, ICs, micro-electromechanical systems and optoelectronics.

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MAT SCI C226 Photovoltaic Materials; Modern Technologies in the Context of a Growing Renewable Energy Market 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
This technical course focuses on the fundamentals of photovoltaic energy conversion with respect to the physical principals of operation and design of efficient semiconductor solar cell devices. This course aims to equip students with the concepts and analytical skills necessary to assess the utility and viability of various modern photovoltaic technologies in the context of a growing global renewable energy market.

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MAT SCI 241 Electron Microscopy Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Basic techniques and operations of transmission, and scanning, electron microscopy; x-ray microanalysis, energy loss spectroscopy; specimen preparation, interpretation of data; individual projects in materials science.

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MAT SCI 242 Advanced Characterization Techniques 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2005, Spring 2003
Advanced electrical, optical, magnetic and ion beam characterization techniques including deep level transient spectroscopy. Photo-luminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance, and Rutherford backscattering, are used to characterize crystalline materials (with emphasis on semi-conductors).

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MAT SCI C250 Nanomaterials in Medicine 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course is designed for graduate students interested in the emerging field of nanomedicine. The course will involve lectures, literature reviews and proposal writing. Students will be required to formulate a nanomedicine research project and write an NIH-style proposal during the course. The culmination of this project will involve a mock review panel in which students will serve as peer reviewers to read and evaluate the proposals.

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MAT SCI 251 Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course is designed for graduate students to gain a fundamental understanding of the surface and interfacial science of polymeric materials. Beginning with a brief introduction of the principles governing polymer phase behavior in bulk, it develops the thermodynamics of polymers in thin films and at interfaces, the characterization techniques to assess polymer behavior in thin films and at interfaces, and the morphologies of polymer thin films
and other dimensionally-restricted structures relevant to nanotechnology and biotechnology. Field trips to national user facilities, laboratory demonstrations and hands-on experiments, and guest lectures will augment the courses lectures.
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MAT SCI 260 Surface Properties of Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Thermodynamics of surfaces and phase boundaries, surface tension of solids and liquids, surface activity, adsorption, phase equilibria, and contact angles, electrochemical double layers at interfaces, theory, and applications.

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MAT SCI C261 Introduction to Nano-Science and Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
A three-module introduction to the fundamental topics of Nano-Science and Engineering (NSE) theory and research within chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. This course includes quantum and solid-state physics; chemical synthesis, growth fabrication, and characterization techniques; structures and properties of semiconductors, polymer, and biomedical materials on nanoscales; and devices based on nanostructures. Students must take
this course to satisfy the NSE Designated Emphasis core requirement.
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MAT SCI C286 Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course provides the student with a modern introduction to the basic industrial practices, modeling techniques, theoretical background, and computational methods to treat classical and cutting edge manufacturing processes in a coherent and self-consistent manner.

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MAT SCI C287 Computational Design of Multifunctional/Multiphysical Composite Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
The course is self-contained and is designed in an interdisciplinary manner for graduate students in engineering, materials science, physics, and applied mathematics who are interested in methods to accelerate the laboratory analysis and design of new materials. Examples draw primarily from various mechanical, thermal, diffusive, and electromagnetic applications.

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MAT SCI 290A Special Topics in Materials Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Lectures and appropriate assignments on fundatmental or applied topics of current interest in materials science and engineering.

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MAT SCI 290M Special Problems in Materials Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2006
Selected topics in the thermodynamic, kinetic or phase transformation behavior of solid materials. Topics will generally be selected based on student interest in Mat Sci 201A-201B. The course provides an opportunity to explore subjects of particular interest in greater depth.

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MAT SCI 296A Independent Research for Five-Year BS/MS Program 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This is the first semester of a two-course sequence for those majors in the five year BS/MS program. Students are expected to formulate, develop and initiate an independent research project under the supervision of a research advisor. This course will meet once at the beginning of the semester to outline the expectations of the course. Periodic meetings covering topics such as maintaining a lab notebook, effective oral communication, and writing
a journal publication will be scheduled. Students will be expected to keep a laboratory notebook outlining their progress during the semester. A progress report will be due at the end of Materials Science and Engineering 296A. Students will also be expected to give an oral presentation, describing their research project and progress toward their goals in front of their peers at the end of the semester.
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MAT SCI 296B Independent Research for Five-Year BS/MS Program 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This is the second semester of a two-course sequence for those majors in the five year BS/MS program. Students are expected to complete an independent research project under the supervision of a research advisor initiated in Materials Science and Engineering 296A. This course will meet once at the beginning of the semester to outline the expectations of the course. Periodic meetings covering topics such as data analysis and design of experiment
will be scheduled. Students will be expected to keep a laboratory notebook outlining their progress during the semester. A final report in journal publication form will be due at the end of the semester. Each student will also give a final presentation on his/her research project at the end of the semester.
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MAT SCI 298 Group Studies, Seminars, or Group Research 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Advanced study in various subjects through special seminars on topics to be selected each year, informal group studies of special problems, group participation in comprehensive design problems or group research on complete problems for analysis and experimentation.

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MAT SCI 299 Individual Study or Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Individual investigation of advanced materials science problems.

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MAT SCI 375A Science and Engineering Pedagogy 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Discussion and research of pedagogical issues. Supervised practice teaching in materials science and engineering.

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MAT SCI 375B Supervised Teaching of Materials Science and Engineering 1 Unit

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Disucssion and research of pedagogical issues. Supervised practice teaching in Materials and Science and Engineering.

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MAT SCI 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the field adviser.

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MAT SCI 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D. (and other doctoral degrees).

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Joel W. Ager, Adjunct Professor.

Paul Alivisatos, Professor. Physical chemistry, semiconductor nanocrystals, nanoscience, nanotechnology, artificial photosynthesis, solar energy, renewable energy, sustainable energy.
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Elke Arenholz, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Mark D. Asta, Professor.

Jillian Banfield, Professor. Nanoscience, Bioremediation, genomics, biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, geomicrobiology, MARS, minerology.
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Robert Birgeneau, Professor. Physics, phase transition behavior of novel states of matter.
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Gerbrand Ceder, Professor.

Daryl Chrzan, Professor. Materials science and engineering, computational materials science, metals and metallic compounds, defects in solids, growth of nanostructures.
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Thomas M. Devine, Professor. Synthesis of nanomaterials, nuclear power, oil production, secondary batteries for electric vehicles, computer disk drives, and synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanowires, corrosion resistance of materials.
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Fiona Doyle, Professor. Electrochemistry, mineral processing, solution processing of materials, interfacial chemistry, extractive metallurgy, remediation of abandoned mines.
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Oscar D. Dubon, Professor. Magnetic, optical materials, processing, properties in electronic.
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Kevin Healy, Professor. Bioengineering, biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, bioinspired materials, tissue and organ regeneration, stem cell engineering, microphysiological systems, organs on a chip, drug screening and discovery, multivalent bioconjugate therapeutics.
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Frances Hellman, Professor. Condensed matter physics and materials science.
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Digby D. Macdonald, Professor in Residence.

Lane W. Martin, Associate Professor. Complex Oxides, novel electronic materials, thin films, materials processing, materials characterization, memory, logic, information technologies, energy conversion, thermal properties, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, magnetics, multiferroics, transducers, devices.
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Phillip B. Messersmith, Professor.

Andrew M. Minor, Professor. Metallurgy, nanomechanics, in situ TEM, electron microscopy of soft materials.
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Kristin A. Persson, Assistant Professor. Lithium-ion Batteries.
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R. Ramesh, Professor. Processing of complex oxide heterostructures, nanoscale characterization/device structures, thin film growth and materials physics of complex oxides, materials processing for devices, information technologies.
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Robert O. Ritchie, Professor. Structural materials, mechanical behavior in biomaterials, creep, fatigue and fracture of advanced metals, intermetallics, ceramics.
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Miquel B. Salmeron, Adjunct Professor. Molecules, lasers, atoms, materials science and engineering, matter, scanning, tunneling, atomic force microscopies, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
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Junqiao Wu, Associate Professor. Semiconductors, nanotechnology, energy materials.
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Ting Xu, Associate Professor. Polymer, nanocomposite, biomaterial, membrane, directed self-assembly, drug delivery, protein therapeutics, block copolymers, nanoparticles.
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Peidong Yang, Professor. Materials chemistry, sensors, nanostructures, energy conversion, nanowires, miniaturizing optoelectronic devices, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, solid state lighting.
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Jie Yao, Assistant Professor. Optical materials, Nanophotonics, optoelectronics.
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Haimei Zheng, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Lecturers

Matthew Sherburne, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Robert H. Bragg, Professor Emeritus.

Didier De Fontaine, Professor Emeritus. Phase transformations in alloys, crystallography, thermodynamics of phase changes, particularly ordering reactions, phase separation, calculations of phase equilibria by combined quantum, statistical mechanical methods.
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Lutgard De Jonghe, Professor Emeritus. Ceramic properties, advanced ceramics, silicon carbide, densification studies, microstructure development.
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James W. Evans, Professor Emeritus. Production of materials, particularly fluid flow, reaction kinetics, mass transport, electrochemical, electromagnetic phenomena governing processes for producing materials, metals, storing energy.
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+ Douglas W. Fuerstenau, Professor Emeritus. Mineral processing, extractive metallurgy; application of surface, colloid chemistry to mineral/water systems; fine particle science, technology; principles of comminution, flotation, pelletizing; hydrometallurg, extraction of metals.
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Andreas M. Glaeser, Professor Emeritus. Ceramic joining, TLP bonding, brazing, reduced-temperature joining, ceramic-metal joining, ceramic processing, surface and interface properties of ceramics, thermal barrier coatings.
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+ Ronald Gronsky, Professor Emeritus. Internal structure of materials, engineering applications.
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Eugene E. Haller, Professor Emeritus. Semiconductor crystal growth, characterization of impurities and defects in semiconductors: infrared and microwave detectors, isotopically controlled semiconductors.
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Marshal F. Merriam, Professor Emeritus.

+ J. W. Morris, Professor Emeritus. Structural materials, computational materials, the limits of strength, deformation mechanisms, non-destructive testing with SQUID microscopy, mechanisms of grain refinement in high strength steels, lead-free solders for microelectronics.
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Eicke R. Weber, Professor Emeritus. Optical materials, magnetic materials, semiconductor thin film growth, device processing in electronic materials.
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Contact Information

Materials Science and Engineering

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-3801

Fax: 510-643-5792

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Department Chair

Mark D. Asta, PhD

216 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-643-9631

mdasta@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser

Daryl Chrzan, PhD

318 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-643-1624

dcchrzan@berkeley.edu

Student Services Adviser

Ariana Castro

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-0716

msessa@berkeley.edu

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