Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials

Photo of dizzy dendrite.

Randomly dispersed foreign particles produce "dizzy dendrites," in which the tree-like branches in the crystals tend to curve and split, instead of forming the straight, symmetric patterns typical of pure crystals. This sample was grown in an 80 nanometer-thick film of two blended polymers with randomly dispersed clay particles. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST].)


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This course explores materials and materials processes from the perspective of thermodynamics and kinetics. The thermodynamics aspect includes laws of thermodynamics, solution theory and equilibrium diagrams. The kinetics aspect includes diffusion, phase transformations, and the development of microstructure.

Allen, Samuel, and Thomas Eagar. 3.205 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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