Dr. Kathy Lu
Tel: (540) 231-3225
Fax: (540) 231-8919
Materials Science and Engineering Department
213 Holden Hall-M/C 0237
Blacksburg, VA 24061
MSE4414 Physical Ceramics
An overview of ceramic raw materials, beneficiation, forming, drying and firing is presented. Physical properties of ceramics are discussed and compared to other types of materials. Major emphasis is on the application of ceramics, accomplished through the use of illustrative examples and team projects. Upon completion of this course, students should have a general understanding of the science and application of ceramic materials.
MSE 2034 Elements of Materials Engineering
This class is aimed at offering an introduction to Materials Science and Engineering. The topics include metals, ceramic, polymers, and composites. The contents include bonding, crystal structures, defects, diffusion, mechanical properties, phase diagram, and the properties of different materials.
MSE 4044/5044 Powder Processing
This class covers the full spectrum of particulate materials processing. synthesis of particles, powder characterization, colloidal processing, powder forming, theory of sintering, solid state sintering, and liquid phase sintering. The class emphasizes board thinking and independent problem solving skills in powder synthesis, characterization, forming, and sintering. Prepare the students to address specific challenging issues in each of these areas.
MSE 4056 Materials Selection & Design
With an emphasis on materials processing, we examine contemporary issues of material characterization, forming, consolidation, and performance evaluation. The learning process has been enhanced by invited speakers, company visits, research lab and facility visits. Students research a specific topic, give presentations, recommend solutions to real-world problems, and assess the likelihood of success for the solution.
MSE 4614/5614 Nanomaterials/Advanced Nanomaterials
Synthesis of 0D nanoparticles, 1D nanotubes/nanowires/nanorods, 2D nanoribbons and nanofilms, and special nano-features on supports. Bottom-up and top-down approaches. Characterization of nanomaterials. Processing of nanospecies into higher order dimensions; conventional processing techniques; techniques developed solely for nanomaterials. Chemical, physical, mechanical, and electrical properties of nanomaterials. Application of nanomaterials.
Cubic ZrO2 sintering