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Institute for Molecular Engineering

Dean and Pritzker Director

  • Matthew Tirrell

Academic and Student Affairs

  • Paul Nealey, Brady W. Dougan Professor in Molecular Engineering and Deputy Director for Education and Outreach
  • Rovana Popoff, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Students
  • David Taylor, Associate Dean of Students
  • TBA-Assistant Dean of Students


The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) is at the forefront of an emerging field. This exciting venture prepares students to combine problem-solving skills with broad expertise in the fundamental sciences to build useful systems from the molecular level up. The IME's approach to engineering research and education emphasizes analytical and disciplinary integration, rather than the traditional separation of engineering disciplines. As a result, students from diverse scientific backgrounds may collaborate on research projects that involve the incorporation of synthetic molecular building blocks, including electronic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological components, into functional systems that will impact technologies from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing.

Established in 2011 by the University of Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, the IME brings together a growing team of world-class researchers from diverse science and engineering disciplines who take a hands-on approach to mentoring students and cultivating relationships with industrial and academic partners - resulting in exciting discoveries, new technologies, and innovative solutions.

IME researchers conduct their work at the William Eckhardt Research Center, one of the largest and most modern accessible nanofabrication facilities in the Midwest, which includes cutting-edge clean rooms, molecular imaging facilities, biomolecular research labs, and a wet-lab for nanofabrication and other materials work. Additionally, Argonne National Laboratory brings important resources to the endeavor, including the Advanced Photon Source, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

How to Apply

The Institute for Molecular Engineering welcomes students with diverse academic backgrounds, including all fields of physical, biological and computational sciences, who possess the motivation and background to transcend disciplinary boundaries and pursue research in a bold, problem-focused way. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and should provide scores for the GRE general test and the TOEFL (if not a native English speaker). The relevant GRE subject test scores will be considered if submitted, and could strengthen an application, but are not strictly required. Please submit a personal statement of research interests, three recommendation letters, and transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, along with payment of the $90 application fee. Applications are due January 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM central standard time.

Degree Requirements

Graduate students entering the IME Ph.D. program are expected to fulfill a set of course requirements including 3 core courses, 4 in-depth courses in the area relevant to their research field of choice, and 2 broad elective courses. The core and in-depth courses are selected from a portfolio of graduate-level courses, in conjunction with the faculty advisor. These courses are offered by the IME, sister departments (Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Computer Science and Biological Sciences) or developed specifically for IME students. The broad electives are to provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills in leadership, communication, technology development and product design. The hallmark of IME's Ph.D. program is a highly customized curriculum tailored to each individual student’s needs and inspirations.

The vibrant and diverse research activities pursued by IME faculty members offer students a broad range of research opportunities. First-year students explore these opportunities through a required first-year colloquium, a series of faculty research talks during autumn quarter, and by establishing relationships with individual faculty members. As the Institute works in a highly interdisciplinary environment, there are many opportunities to work with multiple faculty members within the Institute and/or with faculty in other partner institutes at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory (see our website for a full list). Every effort will be made to facilitate the matching of each student with one of their preferred advisors by the end of the first term.

Some students may be recommended for a terminal M.S. degree.  Such students must have registered full time in the division for a minimum of three quarters and have completed nine courses at the 30000-level or above in STEM departments with grades of C or better (at least two must be research courses with an approved faculty member).  In addition, these students may, at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies, be required to submit a paper on their research.

To establish candidacy, students are required to develop a research proposal describing the objectives, approaches and expected outcomes of their Ph.D. thesis work. Students will give an oral presentation of their written proposal in front of a faculty review committee for approval. This process should be completed no later than the end of the Winter quarter of the second year.

Pedagogical training is a component of our doctoral education. The IME requires that all graduate students engage in meaningful teaching experiences. Most students will satisfy this requirement by serving as Teaching Assistants. Students can also propose a meaningful teaching equivalent to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Students (proposed equivalents must have clearly articulated pedagogical learning goals and objectives).

  • Students entering the doctoral program in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 must either complete two quarters as a Teaching Assistant or one quarter as a Teaching Assistant and one approved equivalent.
  • Students entering the doctoral program after 2017 must either complete two quarters as a Teaching Assistant or one quarter as a Teaching Assistant and two approved equivalents.

IME graduate students are not expected to complete their teaching requirement in their first year, but may be asked to TA as needed in any year thereafter.  While there is some consideration of student preferences in teaching assignments, assignments overall are determined by departmental need.

All students will receive scholarship support from the Institute for the first quarter. Subsequently, IME provides full financial support to all graduate students throughout their graduate study at the IME as long as they remain in good standing.

The IME adopts the residency requirement of the University of Chicago as a part of the degree requirements.

Molecular Engineering Courses

MENG 30000. Introduction to Emerging Technologies. 100 Units.

This course will examine five emerging technologies (stem cells in regenerative medicine, quantum computing, water purification, new batteries, etc.) over two weeks each. The first of the two weeks will present the basic science underlying the emerging technology; the second of the two weeks will discuss the hurdles that must be addressed successfully to convert a good scientific concept into a commercial product that addresses needs in the market place.

Instructor(s): Matthew Tirrell     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the general education requirements in mathematics and physical or biological sciences
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 20000

MENG 30200. Academic/Professional Writing for STEM. 000 Units.

Equivalent Course(s): BSDG 33000, PHSC 33000

MENG 31100. Molecular Science and Engineering of Water. 100 Units.

This course will cover the properties of the water molecule, hydrogen bonding, clusters, supercritical water, condensed phases, solutions, confined and interfacial water, clathrates, and nucleation. In addition, methods of water purification, water splitting and fuel cells, water in atmospheric and climate science, and water in biology, health and medicine will be discussed.

Instructor(s): James Skinner     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26201 or CHEM 26200 or PHYS 19700 (or concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 21100

MENG 32000. Mathl Methods in Molecular Engineering. 100 Units.

This course will provide an overview of the general mathematical framework required to describe mass, momentum, energy and electronic transport in gases, liquids and solids. That framework will be illustrated in the context of common problems in diffusion, heat conduction, viscous flow and charge transfer. The course will also provide an introduction to elementary numerical and statistical methods for solution of such problems in representative engineering applications.

Instructor(s): Sihong Wang     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Required Math Courses in the Core, Algebra, Calculus, Physics

MENG 32510. Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering. 100 Units.

This course introduces polymer materials and properties with a special emphasis on how these principles are applied in engineering applications. The course will cover a general overview to polymers, basic terminology and definitions, their classification, and their applications. The mechanistic and kinetic behavior of the major classes of polymerization reactions (step-growth, chain addition, and "living" polymerization) will be introduced with respect to control over polymer structure/architecture, size, and properties. The course will also discuss polymer properties, polymer thermodynamics, and basic structure-property relationships that provide polymers with their unique characteristics compared to small molecules. Techniques for characterizing the chemical and physical properties of polymer solutions and melts will be introduced, including osmometry, viscometry, rheometry, gel permeation chromatography, and NMR and IR spectroscopy. Engineering and processing of polymers will be presented in the context of modern, real-world applications (e.g., in structural materials, packaging, membranes, and lithography).

Instructor(s): Stuart Rowan, Paul Nealey     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26201 or CHEM 26200
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 22500

MENG 32520. Polymer Synthesis. 100 Units.

This course introduces the most important polymerization reactions, focusing on their reaction mechanisms and kinetic aspects. Topics include free radical and ionic chain polymerization, step-growth polymerization, ring-opening, insertion, controlled addition polymerization, crosslinking and chemical modification of preformed polymers.

Instructor(s): Stuart Rowan     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 22000 and CHEM 22100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 27320

MENG 32530. Advanced Polymer Physics. 100 Units.

This course is an advanced introduction to polymer physics taught at a level suitable for senior undergraduates and graduate students in STEM fields. Topics that will be covered include the statistics and conformations of linear chain molecules; polymer brushes; thermodynamics and dynamics of polymers, polymer blends and polymer solutions; phase equilibria; networks, gels, and rubber elasticity; linear viscoelasticity; and thermal and mechanical properties.

Instructor(s): Paul Nealey     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MENG 22500
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 22530

MENG 33000. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. 100 Units.

This course will present an overview of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in the context of molecular engineering applications. Such applications will include prediction of the thermophysical properties of multicomponent gases, solids and liquids, prediction of adsorption processes on surfaces or interfaces, and molecular-level descriptions of synthetic and biological macromolecules in solution. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on connecting molecular structure and interactions to measurable macroscopic properties.

Instructor(s): Juan de Pablo     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 26100-26200 or equivalent or the consent of the instructor

MENG 33100. Applied Numerical Methods in Molecular Engineering. 100 Units.

The course is intended to provide the fundamental tools of numerical methods for problems in molecular engineering. It includes interpolation, integration, minimization techniques, and weighted residuals. Application of the methods towards multi-scale solutions from atomistic to continuum approximations are covered. Finite differences, finite elements, boundary elements, and collocation methods are explained and used in molecular engineering problems. Fundamental concepts of statistical thermodynamics, transport phenomena, electromagnetism, and rheology are revisited.

Instructor(s): Andrew Ferguson      Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 20000-20100 or PHYS 22000-22100, and CHEM 11300/12300 or PHYS 13300/14300
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23100

MENG 33110. Applied Mathematical Methods for Pattern Formation in Soft Matter. 100 Units.

Pattern formation in soft matter will be studied with computational techniques. Linear algebra methods will be applied to the solution of partial differential equations related to stability of such patterns. Methods suited to nonlinear effects, such as Galerkin grid-free methods among others, will be presented and used to study spatial modulation of ideal linear patterns, nonlinear saturation of exponential growth, and non-potential evolution equations. Familiarity with linear algebra and some background in computer programming are expected as prerequisites.

Instructor(s): Orlando Guzman Lopez
Prerequisite(s): Familiarity with Linear Algebra and some background in computer programming.
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23110

MENG 33300. Quantum Engineering. 100 Units.

Quantum mechanics underlies many areas of modern engineering, including materials science, photonics, electronics, metrology, and information processing. This course explores both the fundamental physics of quantum systems as well as the tools utilized to engineer and control them. Topics to be discussed may include eigenvalues and eigenstates, harmonic oscillators, operators, symmetries, spin, angular momentum, perturbation theory, and time evolution. We will also explore examples of engineered quantum systems. The course will assume that students have prior exposure to quantum mechanics at the intermediate undergraduate level.

Instructor(s): Michael Flatte      Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Equivalent to CHEM 26100 or PHYS 23400-23500

MENG 33310. Experimental Techniques and Advanced Instrumentation. 100 Units.

This course aims to provide students with a knowledge of state-of-the-art experimental measurement techniques and laboratory instrumentation for applications in broad scientific research environments, as well as industrial and general engineering practice. Topics include atomic-scale structural and imaging methods, electronic transport in low dimensional matter, magnetic and optical characterization of materials. Basic concepts in electronic measurement such as lock-in amplifiers, spectrum and network analysis, noise reduction techniques, cryogenics, thermometry, vacuum technology, as well as statistical analysis and fitting of data will also be discussed.

Instructor(s): David Awschalom     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Completion of PHYS 23400 & PHYS 23500 for undergraduates
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23310

MENG 33330. Physics of Solid-State Nano-electronic Devices. 100 Units.

This course covers the fundamental concepts needed to understand nano-electronic solid-state devices. After an overview of the basic properties of semiconductors and electronic transport in semiconductors, the p-n junction, the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure and diode are introduced. Following this, we will describe the physics behind four types of devices that all of us use every day and which have collectively changed the world: transistors, light emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, and solid state memories. We will study the field effect transistor (FET) and describe metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor (MOSFET) technology, then introduce the light-emitting diode (LED) and the semiconductor injection laser. Following this, we will cover the physics behind some of the most common memories used today: the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Flash memories. Some simple circuits using these solid-state elements will be covered if time permits. The course is specifically tailored for undergraduate students, however it is also appropriate for graduate students who have less exposure to device physics and would like to learn about the subject.

Instructor(s): Supratik Guha     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 26200 or PHYS 23500 or instructor consent
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23330

MENG 33400. Applied Probability For Engineers. 100 Units.

Not offered in 2018-19 academic year.

Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23400

MENG 33500. Foundations of Quantum Optics. 100 Units.

Quantum optics seeks to illuminate the fundamental quantum mechanics of the interaction of light and matter. These principles can form the basis for quantum technologies in areas such as cryptography, computation, and metrology. This course provides a foundation in the fundamental principles and applications of quantum optics. Topics to be discussed may include Fermi's Golden Rule, interaction of two-level atoms and light, spontaneous emission, Rabi oscillations, classical and non-classical photon statistics, beam splitters, atom cavity interaction, vacuum-Rabi splitting, coherence, entanglement, and teleportation. The course will assume that students are comfortable with single-particle quantum mechanics at the level of a typical introductory graduate-level course.

Instructor(s): Alex High      Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Equivalent to PHYS 23400-23500 or CHEM 26100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23500

MENG 33600. Quantum Dissipation and Quantum Measurement. 100 Units.

This course provides an introduction to the basic tools and concepts used to describe dissipative quantum systems, where a closed quantum system (described by a Hamiltonian) interacts with a dissipative environment. We will also discuss the basic theory of weak continuous quantum measurements and basic quantum limits to measurement. Applications to quantum optics and quantum information processing and will be stressed. Topics to be discussed may include quantum master equations, stochastic wavefunction evolution (i.e. quantum trajectories), quantum noise, quantum Langevin equations, and path integral approaches. The course will assume that students are comfortable with single-particle quantum mechanics at the level of a typical introductory graduate-level course.

Instructor(s): Aashish Clerk      Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 34100 or Equivalent

MENG 33700. Quantum Computation. 100 Units.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of quantum information to students who have not had training in quantum computing or quantum information theory. Some knowledge of quantum mechanics is expected, including bra-ket notation and the time-dependent form of Schrodinger's equation. Students will learn how to carry out calculations and gain a fundamental grasp of topics that will include some or all of: Entanglement, teleportation, quantum algorithms, cryptography, and error correction.

Instructor(s): Andrew Cleland     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 22100 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23700

MENG 33800. Introduction to Nanofabrication. 100 Units.

This course will cover the fundamentals of nanofabrication from a practical viewpoint and will be very useful for students planning on pursuing research involving semiconductor processing technology, as well as broader topics such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), quantum devices, optoelectronics, and microfluidics. This course will cover the theory and practice of lithographic patterning; physical and chemical vapor deposition; reactive plasma etching; wet chemical processing; characterization techniques; and other special topics related to state-of-the-art processes used in research and development of nanoscale devices. A good grounding in introductory chemistry and physics is expected.

Instructor(s): Peter Duda     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 13300 and CHEM 10200 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 23800

MENG 34100-34200. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling I-II.

Molecular modeling seeks to develop models and computational techniques for prediction of the structure, thermodynamic properties, and non-equilibrium behaviour of gases, liquids, and solids from knowledge of intermolecular interactions.

MENG 34100. Selec Tpcs Molec Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling I. 100 Units.

This course will introduce students to the methods of molecular modeling. The topics covered will include an introduction to the origin of molecular forces, a brief introduction to statistical mechanics and ensemble methods, and an introduction to molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics, and Monte Carlo simulations. The course will also cover elements of advanced sampling techniques, including parallel tempering, umbrella sampling, and other common biased sampling approaches. Course work or research experience is strongly recommended in: (1) elementary programming (e.g., C or C++), and (2) physical chemistry or thermodynamics.

Instructor(s): Staff      Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 20000 and MATH 20100, or PHYS 22000 and PHYS 22100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24100

MENG 34200. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling II. 100 Units.

Quantum mechanical methods, including quantum chemistry, density functional theory (DFT) and many body perturbation theory to simulate the properties of molecules and materials. Numerical algorithms and techniques to solve approximate forms of the Schroedinger and Boltzmann Equations to model structural and transport properties of molecules and materials. Coupling of DFT with molecular dynamics and advanced sampling methods to study finite temperature properties. Coupling of DFT with spin Hamiltonians to study dynamical spin correlations in materials. Examples of applications to materials for energy conversion, and quantum information technologies.

Instructor(s): Giulia Galli     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MENG 24100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24200

MENG 34300. The Engineering and Biology of Tissue Repair. 100 Units.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the science and application of tissue engineering, a field that seeks to develop technologies for restoring lost function in diseased or damaged tissues and organs. The course will first introduce the underlying cellular and molecular components and processes relevant to tissue engineering: extracellular matrices, cell/matrix interactions such as adhesion and migration, growth factor biology, stem cell biology, inflammation, and innate immunity. The course will then discuss current approaches for engineering a variety of tissues, including bone and musculoskeletal tissues, vascular tissues, skin, nerve, and pancreas. Students will be assessed through in-class discussions, take-home assignments and exams, and an end-of-term project on a topic of the student's choice.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Hubbell     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): BIOS 20186 or BIOS 20234
Equivalent Course(s): BIOS 21507, MPMM 34300, MENG 24300

MENG 34310. Cellular Engineering. 100 Units.

Cellular engineering is a field that studies cell and molecule structure-function relationships. It is the development and application of engineering approaches and technologies to biological molecules and cells. This course is intended to be a bridge between engineers and biologists, to quantitatively study cells and molecules and develop future clinical applications. Topics include fundamental cell and molecular biology; immunology and biochemistry, receptors, ligands, and their interactions; nanotechnology/biomechanics; enzyme kinetics; molecular probes; cellular and molecular imaging; single-cell genomics and proteomics; genetic and protein engineering; and drug delivery and gene delivery.

Instructor(s): Jun Huang      Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first two quarters of a Biological Fundamentals Sequence
Equivalent Course(s): MOMN 34310, BIOS 21508, MENG 24310

MENG 34400. Nanomedicine. 100 Units.

This course focuses on the applications of nanotechnology in medicine. The chemical, physical and biological features of the nanomaterials will be discussed for applications in medicine. A survey of concepts in therapeutic drug delivery methods, diagnostic imaging agents and cell-materials interactions will be discussed.

Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24400, BIOS 28410

MENG 34500. Microfluidics and Its Applications. 100 Units.

Precision control of fluids at the micrometer scale (hence microfluidics) provides unprecedented capabilities in manipulation and analysis of cells and proteins. Moreover, fluids and particles behave in fundamentally different ways when confined to small dimensions, making microfluidics an interesting topic of basic research. This course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the use of microfluidics for the manipulation and analysis of physical, chemical, and biological systems. We will first survey theoretical concepts regarding microfluidics. We will then focus on design considerations and fabrication methods for multi-layer microfluidic chips using PDMS soft-lithography. We will learn how to fabricate, multiplex, and control PDMS membrane valves and integrate them into high-throughput analytical systems. We will survey recent developments in microfluidics and its scientific and industrial applications. Biological systems analysis in cell sorting, culture, cell signaling, single molecule detection, digital nucleic acid and protein quantification, and biosensing are some of the applications we will cover. This course will have a laboratory component where students will design, fabricate, and use microfluidic devices and therefore acquire hands-on skills in microfluidic engineering.

Instructor(s): Savas Tay     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MATH 13300 (or higher), or MATH 13200 (or higher) plus BIOS 20151 or BIOS 20152 or BIOS 20236
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24500

MENG 34600. Quantitative Systems Biology. 100 Units.

This course aims to provide students with knowledge on the use of modern methods for the analysis, manipulation, and modeling of complex biological systems, and to introduce them to some of the most important applications in quantitative and systems biology. We will first survey theoretical concepts and tools for analysis and modeling of biological systems like biomolecules, gene networks, single cells, and multicellular systems. Concepts from information theory, biochemical networks, control theory, and linear systems will be introduced. Mathematical modeling of biological interactions will be discussed. We will then survey quantitative experimental methods currently used in systems biology. These methods include single cell genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic analysis techniques, in vivo and in vitro quantitative analysis of cellular and molecular interactions, single molecule methods, live cell imaging, high throughput microfluidic analysis, and gene editing. Finally, we will focus on case studies where the quantitative systems approach made a significant difference in understanding of fundamental phenomena like signaling, immunity, and development, and diseases like infection, autoimmunity, and cancer.

Instructor(s): Savas Tay     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first two quarters of a Biological Fundamentals Sequence
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24600

MENG 34700. Biodiagnostics and Biosensors. 100 Units.

This course focuses on the principles of biological and chemical interactions that are important for diagnosis of diseases and design of new sensing devices. Principles and mechanisms of molecular diagnostics, biosensors and applications in disease diagnosis will be discussed.

Instructor(s): Mustafa Guler      Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first three quarters of a Biological Fundamentals Sequence
Equivalent Course(s): BIOS 28700, MENG 24700

MENG 34800. Quantitative Immunobiology. 100 Units.

The science of immunology was born at the end of the 19th century as a discipline focused on the body's defenses against infection. The following 120+ years has led to the discovery of a myriad of cellular and molecular players in immunity, placing the immune system alongside the most complex systems such as Earth's global climate and the human brain. The functions and malfunctions of the immune system have been implicated in virtually all human diseases. It is thought that cracking the complexity of the immune system will help manipulate and engineer it against some of the most vexing diseases of our times such as AIDS and cancer. To tackle this complexity, immunology in the 21st century - similar to much of the biological sciences - is growing closer to mathematics and data sciences, physics, chemistry and engineering. A central challenge is to use the wealth of large datasets generated by modern day measurement tools in biology to create knowledge, and ultimately predictive models of how the immune system works and can be manipulated. The goal of this course is to introduce motivated students to the quantitative approaches and reasoning applied to fundamental questions in immunology.

Instructor(s): Nicolas Chevrier      Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of a biological sciences fundamental sequence is required. Knowledge of R is recommended but not required. Courses in immunology and microbiology are an advantage but not required (e.g., BIOS 25256 Immunobiology; BIOS 25206 Fundamentals of Bacterial Physiology).
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 24800

MENG 35100. Electrochemical Principles and Methods. 100 Units.

This course will cover topics related to basic electrochemical principles, methodologies, and systems. In particular, students will be given an overview of fundamental concepts related to electrochemical potential, electric double layer, electrode kinetics, and mass transport processes. In addition, the application of key electrochemical experimental methods will be covered. A few examples include cyclic voltammetry, AC impedance spectroscopy, and the rotating disk electrode. Throughout the course, students will apply basics principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport phenomena. Lastly, a brief overview of traditional electrochemical systems and emerging technologies related to energy storage and conversion (e.g., lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, and fuel cells) and bioelectronics applications will be discussed.

Instructor(s): Shrayesh Patel      Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduates must have completed MENG 26102 AND MENG 26201
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 25100

MENG 36300. Transport Phenomena. 100 Units.

This course covers essential aspects of molecular transport processes, including fluid dynamics, mass transport and diffusion processes, and energy and heat transport processes. It also discusses the coupling that arises between momentum, mass and energy transport processes.

Instructor(s): Melody Swartz     Terms Offered: Autumn

MENG 37100. Biological Materials. 100 Units.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the science and application of biomaterials, a field that utilizes fundamental principles of materials science with cell biology for applications in therapeutics and diagnostics. The course will introduce the basic classes of biomaterials, considering metals used in medicine, ceramics and biological inorganic materials such as hydroxyapatite, and polymers used in medicine. The basis of protein adsorption modulating biological interactions with these materials will be elaborated. Examples to be covered in the course will include polymers used in drug delivery, polymers used in protein therapeutics, polymers used in degradable biomaterial implants, polymers used in biodiagnostics, and hybrid and polymeric nanomaterials used as bioactives and bioactive carriers. An emphasis in the course will be placed on bioactive materials development. Students will be assessed through in-class discussions, take-home assignments and exams, and an end-of-term project on a topic of the student's choice.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Hubbell, Mustafa Guler     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduates must have completed BIOS 20186 and BIOS 20187. This course does not meet the requirements for the Biological Sciences major.
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 27100, BIOS 29328

MENG 37200. Electronic and Quantum Materials for Technology. 100 Units.

This is a one-quarter introductory course on the science and engineering of electronic and quantum materials. The intended audience is upper-level undergraduate students and first-year graduate students in Molecular Engineering and other related fields, including Chemistry and Physics. We will learn the basics of electrical and optical properties of electronic materials, including semiconductors, metals, and insulators starting from a simple band picture, and will discuss how these materials enable modern electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuitry. We will also explore the modern synthesis techniques for these materials and the effects of reduced dimensions and emergent quantum properties. No comprehensive exposure to quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, or advanced mathematical skills will be assumed, even though working knowledge of these topics will be helpful.

Instructor(s): Jiwoong Park     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 26200 or PHYS 23500 or instructor consent
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 27200

MENG 40000. First-Year Graduate Research Colloquium. 000 Units.

Aimed both at nurturing the highly interdisciplinary environment of the IME and at supporting first-year students in their selection of research advisors, this weekly seminar surveys the research interests and projects of IME faculty and fellows. Required for all first-year Molecular Engineering graduate students.

Instructor(s): Staff     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Required for all first-year Molecular Engineering graduate students.

MENG 49700. Research: Related Departments, Institutes, and Industries. 300.00 Units.

Individualized study focused on Ph.D. research in the molecular engineering

Instructor(s): STAFF     Terms Offered: Autumn Spring Summer Winter

MENG 49900. Research: Molecular Engineering. 300.00 Units.

No description available.

Instructor(s): Staff     Terms Offered: Summer,Autumn,Winter,Spring

MENG 70000. Advanced Study: Molecular Engineering. 300.00 Units.

Advanced Study: Molecular Engineering