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Materials Design & Innovation (MDI)

Department of Materials Design and Innovation

120 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900

Dr. Krishna Rajan
Chair

Margaret Poniatowski
Director of Administration

MDI Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 11 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

    Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing. The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) has the only joint-accelerated Chemistry BS/MDI MS program in the nation, which allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in less than five years.

    The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

    About Our Facilities

    The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

    Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

    About Our Faculty

    Our distinguished faculty are pioneering new methods in materials discovery to accelerate innovation by harnessing the tools of information science to experimental and theoretical studies of materials science and engineering. The department is committed to accelerating science-based solutions to solve pressing societal problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Department of Materials Design and Innovation website for additional information about our faculty.

  • MDI 201LEC Introduction to Materials Design and Informatics
    Lecture

    The course provides a unique introduction to the fundamental concepts of materials science, including crystal structure, diffusion, and the relationship between structure and properties. An overriding theme of this course is the use of data and informatics methods to understand materials science. Through an exploration of data, students will discover scientific principles and relationships in and among materials. The course will also explore the place of materials within the broader landscape of environmental sustainability and circular economy.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: (CHE 102 and CHE 114) or CHE 106 or (CHE 108 and CHE 128);Co-Requisites: PHY 108, MTH 241
  • MDI 210LEC Chemical Design of Materials
    Lecture

    This course introduces the fundamentals of materials chemistry. It explores the role of the interplay between chemical bonding and electronic structure from both a solid state chemistry and solid state physics perspective. The influence of crystal structure and symmetry on equilibrium properties in response to stress, thermal and electrical fields is discussed. Topics include crystal chemistry, electronic structure and defects on transport properties and a basic introduction to databases in materials chemistry.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 201, CHE 108Co-Requisites: PHY 108
  • MDI 311LEC Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials
    Lecture

    This course will provide a micro-scale, atomistic and quantum mechanical description of the electronic, optical and magnetic properties of materials. The course study will involve metals, alloys, and semiconductors, as well as non-traditional electronic and optical materials such as polymers and ceramics. Special emphasis is given to emerging technology applications of electronic and opto-electronic materials, especially through use of databases. This course will help students to develop both a quantitative and a qualitative understanding of the properties of functional materials.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: PHY 108, CHE 108, MDI 201, MDI 210
  • MDI 312LEC Multiscale Design of Materials
    Lecture

    This course introduces students to the foundations underlying multiscale design of materials, with a primary focus on mechanical behavior. The course not only explores the role of bonding, crystallography and microstructure on mechanical properties but also on hierarchical interactions ranging from atomistic through microstructural length scales, that govern both reversible and irreversible properties. Students are trained in the use of informatics methods coupled to the use of physics based modeling tools to identifying connections between atomistic scale phenomena, defects and microstructural effects that govern mechanical properties of materials.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MTH 306, MTH 309, MDI 311
  • MDI 321LEC Quantitative Methods in Materials Characterization
    Lecture

    Lectures will focus on the fundamental theory and interpretation of imaging and spectroscopy techniques in materials science. The course will explore techniques that identify the chemical and microstructural characteristics of materials, including scattering methods involving x-rays, electrons and light. Students will be introduced to data methods to analyze experimental datasets. Through the assignments, students are expected to utilize these virtual processing techniques to create unique material structures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 210
  • MDI 322LEC Materials Characterization and Synthesis Lab
    Lecture

    This course provides multiple lectures coupled with laboratory sessions each week. Both the lecture and the laboratory provide an introduction to chemical, morphological, mechanical and characterization technique coupled to the fundamentals of materials theory. Techniques to be covered include but not limited to X-ray diffraction, electron, scanning probe and atom probe microscopy. The course puts a major emphasis on data acquisition and processing methods associated with characterization techniques and the use of data analytical tools to aid in its interpretation. Students are also trained in coupling the scientific principles of materials characterization to different materials synthesis methods involving bulk, thin films and nanostructured materials.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 321 & students must have a valid lab safety training certificate provided by the Department of Environment, Health & Safety.
  • MDI 332LEC Foundations of Materials Thermodynamics and Structures
    Lecture

    This course introduces classical thermodynamics theory and basic thermodynamic principles. It will apply thermodynamic concepts to the understanding and analysis of phase stability, crystal structure, equilibrium properties of materials, and the linkage between thermodynamics, crystal structure/molecular symmetry and equilibrium properties of materials. The interpretation and extraction of information from phase diagrams will be covered, particularly as relates to crystal structure and phase distributions. Students will be introduced to the development and the use of thermodynamic and crystallographic databases.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 210
  • MDI 336LEC Kinetics, Defects, and Transport
    Lecture

    This course is a foundational course in introducing students to kinetic phenomena in materials. Topics include atomistic perspective of diffusion and exploring links between diffusion controlled properties and materials chemistry. Lectures cover all genres of materials including metals, non-metals, glasses and polymers. The fundamental concepts are linked to a variety of processes including phase transformation and microstructural evolution. A key pervading theme throughout the course is the statistical perspective of defect behavior and their influence on kinetic phenomena and students are introduced to the application of informatics methods in the analysis of kinetic phenomena.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 210
  • MDI 401LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Specialized topics in material science and engineering with an emphasis on the role of data science methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 322, MDI 336
  • MDI 404LEC Statistical Principles of Materials Informatics
    Lecture

    This course introduces students to statistical ideas that are important in learning about materials and their properties. Topics to be covered include: regression, clustering, classification, and inference; Bayes Theorem. Exercises and examples will be drawn from chemical, physics, and materials datasets. Students will develop a facility for elementary statistical analysis of data relevant to material scientists; students will become proficient in writing computer code to analyze datasets; students will learn how to draw inferences from an analysis of datasets.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 312, MTH 306, MTH 309
  • MDI 440LEC Design and Function of Soft Materials
    Lecture

    This course provides an introduction to the unique structural characteristics that make a soft materials behave differently from conventional hard materials like metals and ceramics. The course will introduces different types of soft materials and discusses the behavior of soft matter across different length- and time- scales of measurement and application. The behavior and functional properties of soft condensed matter will be described through their structural properties. Experimental, modeling, and data methods will employed to understand the behavior of materials and to design new structures of soft matter.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336
  • MDI 450LEC Machine Learning in Materials Design
    Lecture

    This course covers the machine learning topics essential for sequential materials design. Case studies will be used as examples, with the goal being to create materials with targeted properties. The course begins with an outline of important probability and statistical topics, including random vectors, conditional probabilities. We then turn to Bayesian statistics, prior and posterior distributions. We then focus on machine learning models for regression. The final component of the course focuses on decision-making algorithms, and Bayesian experimental design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 404
  • MDI 471LEC Materials for a Regenerative Economy
    Lecture

    The course provides a unique understanding of the role of materials in society, and how environmentally aware material and product design can benefit quality of life issues, including human health, the environment, and social justice. Through case studies, the course will examine materials, mining, and manufacturing data, and study ways that material behaviors may be achieved through alternative, less harmful processing. The course will explore the place of materials within the context of economic development, environmental sustainability, and the circular economy. Some details of the course will evolve as new challenges arise and new processing and products come online. Case studies will be drawn from topics including: ¿ Materials for water re-use ¿ Material in Photovoltaics ¿ Renewable materials ¿ Materials and Economics ¿ Materials and the Environment ¿ Health issues in materials production.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336
  • MDI 481LEC Thin Films, Surfaces, and Interfaces
    Lecture

    This course provides a unified view of surfaces and interfaces in polymers and inorganic materials and their role in thin film properties. The perspective is based on linking thermodynamic and crystallographic perspective of interfaces and surfaces. The role of modeling and theory in explaining the role of interfaces and surfaces on properties and processing of materials is emphasized throughout the course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336
  • MDI 483LEC Functional Materials
    Lecture

    This course is an introduction to functional materials, their properties, preparation and application. Topics to be covered include: semiconductors, magnetic materials, piezoelectric materials. An emphasis of the course will be on application of functional materials and data methods to guide their design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336, MDI 322
  • MDI 484LEC Computation Materials Design
    Lecture

    This course provides students with tools and techniques to understand a computational approach to areas of material science, with a focus on practical, hands-on skill-building. This course is unique in that it trains students to computational skills that link data analytics, statistics and machine learning methods to physics/chemistry/ engineering based modelling tools relevant to solving a wide range of materials science problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336Co-Requisites: MDI 404
  • MDI 485LEC Polymers, Colloids, Gels, and Active Matter
    Lecture

    The course discusses various types of soft materials ¿ their structure and behavior. Soft materials typically have properties that span multiple length- and time-scales, and one focus of this course is to understand how to examine these multiple scales, and the macroscopic behavior that results. This course emphasizes the interplay between microstructure and properties and the use data driven methods in experimental and modeling methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 332Co-Requisites: MDI 440
  • MDI 493LEC Materials Design Laboratory I
    Lecture

    This capstone course integrates theoretical, computational, and experimental modes of inquiry. Working in teams, students will study several material systems modules (3 per semester), and systematically investigate the characterization, structure, and function of these systems by performing experiments, studying datasets, and running simulations. Students will write both shorter and longer reports, and give oral presentations on their findings. A recurring theme of the course is the connection between materials systems and their social and environmental impact.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336
  • MDI 494LEC Materials Design Laboratory II
    Lecture

    This capstone course integrates theoretical, computational, and experimental modes of inquiry. Working in teams, students will study several material systems modules (3 per semester), and systematically investigate the characterization, structure, and function of these systems by performing experiments, studying datasets, and running simulations. Students will write reports and give oral presentations on their findings. A recurring theme of the course is the connection between materials systems and their social and environmental impact.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MDI 332, MDI 336, MDI 493
 
Published: Jul 15, 2021 08:29:06