MSEG 803: Equilibria in Materials Systems (Fall 2020)

Fundamental laws of thermodynamics. Mathematical structure of classical thermodynamics (functions of extensive and intensive variables, state variables, equations of state, Maxwell relations, reduction of partial derivatives, Legendre transforms). Equilibrium and stability criteria.  Single- and multi-component phase equilibrium. Partial molar properties. Ergodic hypothesis. Ensembles and partition functions. Quantum fluids (B-E/F-D statistics). Equipartition theorem. Lattice models. Radial distribution function. Basic elements of simulations (Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics).

MSEG 667: Soft Matter Mechanics (Spring 2020)

Provides overview of soft matter phenomena at the mesoscale. Theoretical and practical approaches in adhesion, wetting, and contact mechanics with emphasis on novel materials and biological systems.