CBEMS 160 Advanced Lab in Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials (2012-2013)

CBEMS 160 Advanced Lab in Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials

(Required for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 160 Advanced Lab in Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials (Credit Units: 4) Synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic materials including polymers and oxides. Techniques include electron and scanning probe microscopy, gel permeation chromatography, x-ray diffraction, porosimetry, and thermal analysis. Prerequisite: ENGR54 or Chemistry 130A-B or 131A-B or Pharmaceutical Sciences 171. Same as CHEM 156. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1932780062.

Recommended Textbook:

Books on Reserve in Science Library:

  • F.W. Billmeyer, Textbook of Polymer Science, Wiley Interscience
  • George Odian, Principles of Polymerization,Wiley Interscience
  • I.M. Campbell, Introduction of Synthetic Plymers, Oxford Science Pub.
  • H Allcock and F. Lampe, Intro to Polymer Chemistry, Academic Press.
  • W.D. Callister, Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, Wiley.
  • W.F. Smith, Principles of Materials Science & Eng., McGraw Hill.
  • M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, Engineering Materials 2: An introduction to microstructure, processing and design, Pergamon Press.
Albert Yee and Kenneth J. Shea
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC d, EAC g, EAC i, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply science (basic and advanced), mathematics, and engineering fundamentals in the context of materials science engineering to understanding synthesis, processing, characterization and properties of materials. (EAC a)

2. Design and conduct experiments in materials science as well as analyze and interpret data. (EAC b)

3. Function on multi-disciplinary teams, with students from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. (EAC d)

4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing as evidenced by written reports and oral presentations. (EAC g)

5. Understand that materials are continually evolving requiring continuing education to learn about advances in characterization of materials. (EAC i)

6. An ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four primary elements of Materials Science and Engineering (structure, properties, processing and performance) to solve problems related to materials selection and design. (EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

Fundamentals of materials science or chemistry

Lecture Topics:
  • Polymer Chemistry and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Sol-Gel Chemistry for Ceramic Oxides
  • Temperature Induced Transitions in Polymers, Crystallization, Differential Scanning
  • Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Characterization of Porosity, Surface Area
  • NMR Analysis of Polymers and Ceramics
  • Crystallization and X-ray Diffraction Techniques
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
Class Schedule:

Meets for each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Basic computer skills

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute towards the Materials Science Engineering major through the engineering topics that are related to the synthesis, processing and characterizations of different types of materials (polymers, ceramics, and electronic materials).

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Laboratory Report: 50%
  • Lab Quizzes: 20%
  • Class & Lab Participation: 10%
  • Class Presentation: 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

March 8, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 6, 2010
Approved Effective:
2010 Fall Qtr