Theme: Electronics and Power Systems
This theme involves things like solid-state circuits, microwave electronics, quantum and optical electronics, large-scale networks and systems, or computer-aided design — and those are just a few possibilities. Typically, this theme will focus on products that generate or transmit electricity or that use electricity as a power source. They might design, assemble or test new devices anywhere from the semiconductor to the aerospace industries. Your options are endless. They use technology to solve problems. They might write software to achieve new things or do them faster. They create applications for mobile devices, develop websites or program software. And they can work anywhere, from startups and nonprofits to big tech firms and government agencies.
Electronics and Power Microcourses
E283: Electrochemical processes in Catalysis, Fuel Cells and Chemical Sensors
E280E: Photovoltaic Materials
This course focuses on the fundamentals of photovoltaic energy conversion with respect to the physical principals of operation and design of efficient semiconductor solar cell devices. This course aims to equip students with the concepts and analytical skills necessary to assess the utility and viability of various modern photovoltaic technologies in the context of a growing global renewable energy market.
E281: Thin Film Science for Materials Scientists and Electrical Engineers
This course covers the materials science and processing of thin film coatings that incorporates fundamental knowledge of materials transport, accumulation, defects and epitaxy. Through this course, an understanding of the fundamental physical and chemical processes which are involved in crystal growth and thin film fabrication will be gained. Important synthesis and processing techniques used for the fabrication of electronic and photonic devices will be discussed. Finally, this course will provide an understanding of how material characteristics are influenced by processing and deposition conditions. This course is designed to directly addresses current challenges and future needs of the semiconductor and coating industries.
E280B: Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials
This course presents the fundamental understanding and working knowledge of dielectric, magnetic, etc. (so-called) functional materials. This includes coverage of insulators, conductors (both electrical, ionic, and thermal), dielectric/ferroelectric/piezoelectric, anti-ferro/ferro/ferrimagnetic, multiferroic/magneto-electric, optical, and other functional materials. The interplay between crystal, electronic, chemical, and microstructural degrees of freedom in functional materials will be explored. The connection between processing and properties will be investigate for state-of-the-art devices: electrical components; capacitors, resistors, and inductors; structure-property relations for pyro-, piezo-, and ferroelectric materials; varistors, thermistors, transducers, actuators, memory elements, multilayered components, and their applications.
E280C: Semiconductor Materials
This course focuses on modern physics, processing and applications of semiconductor materials. Topics covered include semiconductor growth, band structure, carrier statistics, point defects, nanostructures and quantum confinement, electrostatics, electrodynamics, classical dielectric theory, Boltzmann transport theory, phonons and thermal physics, thermoelectrics, optical effects, device physics of light emitting diodes and solar cells, and emerging exotic semiconductors.
E280A: Electronic properties of materials
Introduction to the physical principles underlying the electronic properties of solids from macroscopic to nano dimensions. General solid state physics will be taught in the context of technological applications, including the structure of solids, behavior of electrons and atomic vibration in periodic lattice, and interaction of light with solids. Emphasis will be on semiconductors and the materials physics of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the following topics: i) electrical conduction (transport) in solids based on quantum mechanics and modern band theory, ii) lattice vibration and thermal conduction (transport) in solids, iii) major properties of bulk and nanostructured semiconductors, iv) effects of dopant impurities and defects in semiconductors, and v) the principles of light-solid interactions.
E280D: Optical Properties of Materials
This course provides an overview of the fundamental physics, processing and device applications of optical materials, including conventional and van der Waals semiconductors, plasmonic materials, metamaterials, etc. The course is designed to give students an introduction of the recent developments in the fields of optical materials and nanophotonics; including light-matter interactions, plasmonic materials and their applications, as well as metamaterials: negative refraction, super-resolution imaging and optical invisibility.
E284: Power Electronics – Efficient and Reliable Electric Energy Conversion
This course is designed to introduce the key components, circuit topologies, and control techniques for the efficient conversion of electrical energy. Basic circuit topologies to provide DC/DC and AC/DC power conversion will be introduced, as will metrics of performance, such as efficiency and power factor. The key components of energy conversion, such as power semiconductors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers, will be introduced, along with practical consideration of their use. Specific applications of power electronics will be introduced, with a focus of solar photovoltaic integration, electric vehicle drive-train and charging, and data-center power conversion.
E285: Modern Electric Power Systems – The Promise and Impact of Renewables, Energy Storage, and Electric Vehicles
This course is designed to provide an overview of electric power distribution and delivery, with an emphasis on grid-connected systems. Topics will include power distribution systems, smart grid, wind and solar photovoltaic systems, electric energy storage, electric vehicle charging, demand response, grid stability, and micro- grids. Some topics will be covered and analyzed in depth, while others will be presented at a high-level. Students are expected to have basic working knowledge of electric circuits, as well as a basic understanding of electromagnetism.