Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials

Photo of bottles made from liquid crystal polymers.

Liquid crystal polymers have proven to be exceptionally strong and ideal for food and beverage packaging. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)


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Fall 2007



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This course covers the fundamental concepts that determine the electrical, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics and polymers. The roles of bonding, structure (crystalline, defect, energy band and microstructure) and composition in influencing and controlling physical properties are discussed. Also included are case studies drawn from a variety of applications: semiconductor diodes and optical detectors, sensors, thin films, biomaterials, composites and cellular materials, and others.

Fitzgerald, Eugene, and Lorna Gibson. 3.225 Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Fall 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/materials-science-and-engineering/3-225-electronic-and-mechanical-properties-of-materials-fall-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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