Applied Science and Technology

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Applied Science and Technology Graduate Group is administered by the College of Engineering. The program is focused on interdisciplinary research, and draws faculty from the departments within the College of Engineering as well as from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Statistics, and Mathematics. Recent topics of interest include the properties and applications of nanostructures, thin-film and interface science, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), short-wavelength coherent radiation, X-ray micro-imaging for the life and physical sciences, plasma physics and plasma-assisted materials processing, laser-induced chemical processes, laser probing of complex reacting systems, ultrafast phenomena, particle accelerators, nonlinear dynamics, chaotic systems, numerical methods, and topics in computational fluid mechanics and reacting flows. The Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) program awards the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

A hallmark of the AS&T Graduate Group is that the students design their graduate curriculum in consultation with their adviser to best match their research interests.  This enables the students to cross the boundaries between traditional disciplines to conduct truly interdisciplinary research.  Graduate research in the AS&T Program benefits from state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities on the Berkeley campus and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of the AS&T Program provides ample opportunity to develop new research directions by making the best use possible of these facilities and of the other research instrumentation available to AS&T faculty.

Students admitted to AS&T have an opportunity to choose a research adviser from a diverse group of world-renowned faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research at UC Berkeley.  Among more than 80 associated members of the AS&T faculty, students will find internationally-recognized faculty members who have achieved great distinction in their scholarship.  All have published in top-tier archival journals. Most have been recognized by their peers through prestigious awards.  Many are members of one or more of the national academies (the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences).

Undergraduate Programs

There is no undergraduate program in Applied Science and Technology.

Graduate Program

Applied Science and Technology: PhD

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Courses

Applied Science and Technology

AST C210 X-rays and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
This course explores modern developments in the physics and applications of x-rays and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation. It begins with a review of electromagnetic radiation at short wavelengths including dipole radiation, scattering and refractive index, using a semi-classical atomic model. Subject matter includes the generation of x-rays with synchrotron radiation, high harmonic generation, x-ray free electron lasers, laser-plasma sources.
Spatial and temporal coherence concepts are explained. Optics appropriate for this spectral region are described. Applications include nanoscale and astrophysical imaging, femtosecond and attosecond probing of electron dynamics in molecules and solids, EUV lithography, and materials characteristics.
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AST C225 Thin-Film Science and Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
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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AST C239 Partially Ionized Plasmas 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
Introduction to partially ionized, chemically reactive plasmas, including collisional processes, diffusion, sources, sheaths, boundaries, and diagnostics. DC, RF, and microwave discharges. Applications to plasma-assisted materials processing and to plasma wall interactions.

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AST C295R Applied Spectroscopy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2007, Spring 2002
After a brief review of quantum mechanics and semi-classical theories for the interaction of radiation with matter, this course will survey the various spectroscopies associated with the electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to radio waves. Special emphasis is placed on application to research problems in applied and engineering sciences. Graduate researchers interested in systematic in situ process characterization, analysis, or discovery
are best served by this course.
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AST 299 Individual Study or Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 3 Week Session, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Investigations of advanced problems in applied science and technology. Sponsored by Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Center.

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Faculty and Instructors

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

Faculty

M. Reza Alam, Assistant Professor. Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Nonlinear Wave Mechanics, Ocean and Coastal Waves Phenomena, Ocean Renewable Energy (Wave, Tide and Offshore Wind Energy), Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Fluid Flow Control, ocean renewable energy.
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Paul Alivisatos, Professor. Physical chemistry, semiconductor nanocrystals, nanoscience, nanotechnology, artificial photosynthesis, solar energy, renewable energy, sustainable energy.
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James Analytis, Assistant Professor. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.
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Mark D. Asta, Professor.

Carlos J. Bustamante, Professor. Nanoscience, structural characterization of nucleo-protein assemblies, single molecule fluorescence microscopy, DNA-binding molecular motors, the scanning force microscope, prokaryotes.
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Constance Chang-Hasnain, Professor. Microsystems and materials; Nano-Optoelectronic devices.

Daryl Chrzan, Professor. Materials science and engineering, computational materials science, metals and metallic compounds, defects in solids, growth of nanostructures.
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Phillip Colella, Professor in Residence.

Oscar D. Dubon, Professor. Magnetic, optical materials, processing, properties in electronic.
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Roger Falcone, Professor. X-rays, plasma physics, lasers, physics, materials, atomic physics, coherent control, ultrafast.
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Graham R. Fleming, Professor. Chemistry, proteins, chemical and biological dynamics in the condensed phase, ultrafast spectroscopy, body dynamics, liquids, solutions, glasses, photosynthetic proteins, role of solvents in chemical reactions, complex electric fields, electron transfer.
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Michael Frenklach, Professor. Silicon carbide, chemical kinetics; computer modeling; combustion chemistry; pollutant formation (NOx, soot); shock tube; chemical vapor deposition of diamond films; homogeneous nucleation of silicon, diamond powders; interstellar dust formation.
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Ashok Gadgil, Professor. Fuel-efficient stoves, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, developing countries, drinking water, buildings energy efficiency.
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Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Professor. Heat transfer, laser materials processing, nano-manufacturing, energy systems and technology.
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Hartmut Haeffner, Associate Professor. Quantum information and computation, precision measurements, ion traps, quantum state engineering, decoherence, quantum simulations, quantum energy transport, quantum chaos, cryogenic electronics.
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Amy Herr, Associate Professor. Microfluidics, bioanalytical separations, diagnostics, electrokinetic transport, engineering design.
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Ali Javey, Professor. Physical Electronics (PHY); Energy (ENE); Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.
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Alessandra Lanzara, Professor. Nanostructures, physics, solid-state physics, complex novel materials, correlated electron systems, temperature superconductors, colossal magneto-resistance manganites, organic material, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanosphere, nanorods.
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Luke Lee, Professor. Biophotonics, biophysics, bionanoscience, molecular imaging, single cell analysis, bio-nano interfaces, integrated microfluidic devices (iMD) for diagnostics and preventive personalized medicine.
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Shaofan Li, Professor. Structural mechanics, computational mechanics and computational physics, finite element methods and meshfree particle methods, atomistic simulation and multiscale simulations, nonlinear continuum mechanics, soft matter mechanics, wave propagations, Modeling and simulation of material failures, Nano-mechanics, bio-mechanics and bio-physics, Cellular mechanics, micromechanics & composite materials.
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Tsu-Jae King Liu, Professor. Physical Electronics (PHY); Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).
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Philip Marcus, Professor. Algorithms, fluid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, atmospheric flows, convection, ocean flows, numerical analysis, turbulence, planet formation, internal gravity waves, inertial waves, desalination.
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Mohammad Mofrad, Professor. Nuclear pore complex and nucleocytoplasmic transport, mechanobiology of disease, cellular mechanotransduction, integrin-mediated focal adhesions.
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Panayiotis Papadopoulos, Professor. Continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, contact mechanics, computational plasticity, materials modeling, solid mechanics, applied mathematics, dynamics of pseudo-rigid bodies.
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Kristin A. Persson, Assistant Professor. Lithium-ion Batteries.
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+ Jeffrey A. Reimer, Professor. Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy, nuclear spintronics.
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Sayeef Salahuddin, Associate Professor. Physical Electronics (PHY); Design, Modeling and Analysis (DMA); Energy (ENE); Scientific Computing (SCI).

James A. Sethian, Professor. Mathematics, applied mathematics, partial differential equations, computational physics, level set Methods, computational fluid mechanics and materials sciences. fast marching methods.
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Rachel Slaybaugh, Assistant Professor. Computational methods, high performance computing, neutron transport.
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Lydia Sohn, Associate Professor. Micro-nano engineering.
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David Steigmann, Professor. Finite elasticity, mechanics, continuum, shell theory, variational methods, stability, surface stress, capillary phenomena, mechanics of thin films.
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Hayden Taylor, Assistant Professor. Manufacturing, microfabrication, nanofabrication, semiconductor manufacturing, computational mechanics, nanoimprint lithography.
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Karl A. Van Bibber, Professor. Experimental nuclear physics, Particle Astrophysics, Accelerator Technology and Neutron Sources.
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Laura Waller, Assistant Professor. Physical Electronics (PHY); Signal Processing (SP); Computational imaging; Optics and Imaging; Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Graphics (GR).
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Feng Wang, Associate Professor. Condensed matter physics, photonics, nanoscience.
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K. Birgitta Whaley, Professor. Chemistry, physical and theoretical chemistry, cluster and nano science, quantum information and computations, quantum mechanics of clusters and advanced materials, elucidating and manipulating chemical dynamics in strongly quantum environments.
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Junqiao Wu, Associate Professor. Semiconductors, nanotechnology, energy materials.
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Jonathan Wurtele, Professor. Physics, stability, plasma theory, advanced accelerator concepts, intense laser-plasma interaction, the basic equilibrium, radiation properties of intense charged particle beams, simulation and the development of proof-of-principle experiments.
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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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Eli Yablonovitch, Professor. Optoelectronics Research Group, high speed optical communications, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, the milli-Volt switch, optical antennas and solar cells.; Physical Electronics (PHY).
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Jie Yao, Assistant Professor. Optical materials, Nanophotonics, optoelectronics.
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Xiang Zhang, Professor. Mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping, semiconductor manufacturing, photonics, micro-nano scale engineering, 3D fabrication technologies, microelectronics, micro and nano-devices, nano-lithography, nano-instrumentation, bio-MEMS.
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Tarek Zohdi, Professor. Finite element methods, computational methods for advanced manufacturing, micro-structural/macro-property inverse problems involving optimization and design of new materials, modeling and simulation of high-strength fabric, modeling and simulation of particulate/granular flows, modeling and simulation of multiphase/composite electromagnetic media, modeling and simulation of the dynamics of swarms.
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Affiliated Faculty

Roya Maboudian, Professor. Surface and interfacial science and engineering, thin-film science and technology, micro-/nano-systems technology, harsh-environment sensors, silicon carbide, biologically-inspired materials synthesis.
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Emeritus Faculty

David Attwood, Professor Emeritus. Short wavelength electromagnetics; Soft X-ray microscopy; Coherence; EUV lithography.
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Peter J. Bickel, Professor Emeritus. Statistics, machine learning, semiparametric models, asymptotic theory, hidden Markov models, applications to molecular biology.
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Nathan W. Cheung, Professor Emeritus. Nanofabrication; Heterogeneous integration of microsystems; Plasma and ion-beam processing technologies; Electronic materials.
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Robert W. Dibble, Professor Emeritus. Mechanical engineering, laser diagnostics.
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+ Ronald Gronsky, Professor Emeritus. Internal structure of materials, engineering applications.
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T. Kenneth Gustafson, Professor Emeritus. Solid-State Devices; Basic electromagnetic and quantum applications.

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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Andrew R. Neureuther, Professor Emeritus. Integrated Circuits (INC); Solid-State Devices.
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Richard M. White, Professor Emeritus. Energy (ENE); Solid-State Devices.

Peter Y. Yu, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Graduate Group in Applied Science and Technology

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-0449

Fax: 510-643-5792

arianap@berkeley.edu

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Student Services Advisor

Ariana Castro

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-0716

arianap@berkeley.edu

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