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Spring 2020: Squishy Engineering-Using Soft Materials to Solve Hard Problems (CBE 430)
The milk we drink in the morning (a colloidal dispersion), the gel we put into our hair (a polymer network), and the plaque that we try to scrub off our teeth (a biofilm) are all familiar examples of soft materials. Such materials also hold great promise in helping to solve engineering challenges like drug delivery, water remediation, oil recovery, and the development of new coatings, displays, formulations, foods, and biomaterials. This class will cover fundamental aspects of the science of soft materials, presented within the context of these challenges. We will also have guest speakers describe new applications of soft materials.

Fall 2019: Advanced Thermodynamics (CBE 503 / MSE 521)
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics relevant to problems in biological, chemical, and materials science and engineering. Topics include: thermodynamic laws and transformations; microstates, macrostates, partition functions, and statistical ensembles; equilibrium, stability, and response of multicomponent systems; phase transitions; fluctuations; structure of classical fluids; viral expansion; computer simulation methods. Applications include polymer elasticity and phase separation, electrolytes, colloidal suspensions, protein folding, surface adsorption, crystal melting, magnets.
More details will be available on Blackboard this fall.

Fall 2018: Advanced Thermodynamics (CBE 503 / MSE 521)
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics relevant to problems in biological, chemical, and materials science and engineering. Topics include: thermodynamic laws and transformations; microstates, macrostates, partition functions, and statistical ensembles; equilibrium, stability, and response of multicomponent systems; phase transitions; fluctuations; structure of classical fluids; viral expansion; computer simulation methods. Applications include polymer elasticity and phase separation, electrolytes, colloidal suspensions, protein folding, surface adsorption, crystal melting, magnets.
More details are available on Blackboard.

Fall 2017: Advanced Thermodynamics (CBE 503 / MSE 521)
This course provides an integrated graduate-level introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics covered include: fundamental equations; Legendre transformations; equilibrium, stability, and response of multicomponent systems, including gases, solutions, and solids; statistical ensembles; phase transitions; fluctuations; correlation functions; structure of classical fluids; and computer simulation methods. Applications of these ideas include polymer elasticity and phase separation, electrolyte solutions, colloidal suspensions, ligand binding to proteins, protein folding, nucleation and growth, and surface adsorption.
More details are available on Blackboard.

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