CBEMS 160 Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials (2014-2015)

CBEMS 160 Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials

(Required for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 160 Advanced Laboratory 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: CHEM 131B or ENGR 54 or PHRMSCI 171 . Chemistry majors and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Same as CHEM 156. (Design units: 0)

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


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
No student outcomes specified.
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 and properties of materials.

2. Design and conduct experiments in materials science as well as analyze and interpret data.

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

4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing as evidenced by written reports, memos, and oral presentations.

5. Understand and deal with issues of professional and ethical responsibility in performing tests and reporting results.

6. Recognize the need for life-long learning in order to remain effective as a scientist or engineer.

Prerequisites by Topic

Fundamentals of materials science or chemistry

Lecture Topics:
  • Electronic and Optical Properties of Materials, Nanoscale Confinement, Nanocrystal Synthesis
  • Structure-Property Relationships: Mechanics of Nanocrystalline Metals
  • Photolithography and surface wetting
  • Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Gels and Colloids
  • Organic Polymer Synthesis
  • Characterization of Organic Polymers
  • Biomimetic/Biological Materials
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Microelectronic Processing
Class Schedule:

Meets for each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Basic computer skills

Laboratory Projects:
  • Error Analysis, X-ray Safety, Training and Test, Nanocrystal synthesis
  • Mechanical testing and structural characterization of nano- to microcrystalline metals
  • Photoresist patterning, Surface wetting
  • Sol-Gel Processing of Silica
  • Organic Polymer Synthesis
  • Characterization of Organic Polymers
  • Particle size characterization
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: 71%
  • Lab Quizzes: 10%
  • Class & Lab Participation: 9%
  • Class Presentation: 10%
  • 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

April 21, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 4, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr