College of Engineering

Advanced Materials Characterization

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Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 12/7/2020
Start Dates: 01/25/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 12
Cost per credit: $693

Matthew Beck

Director of Graduate Certificate

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

College of Engineering

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Gain the knowledge and experience necessary to imagine, design, and conduct cutting edge characterization experiments. The Advanced Materials Characterization Certificate (AMCC) positions students at the leading edge of the nanoscale revolution. Appropriate for recent BS graduates or current professionals, the AMCC opens new opportunities for students and their employers.   

Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 12/7/2020
Start Dates: 01/25/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 12
Cost per credit: $693

Reveal new possibilities! 


​In the four course Advanced Materials Characterization Certificate (AMCC) students will explore techniques for characterizing and analyzing the atomic-through-mesoscale structure of materials and their surfaces. Students will learn the fundamental principles and limitations of a range of techniques, to prepare samples, and to operate state-of-the-art equipment. The program provides direct, hands-on experiences to both on-campus and distance learning participants by leveraging internet-based remote operation of characterization equipment in the UK Electron Microscopy Center. 

Students will study and work with: 
 

  • Scanning Electron Microscope with integrated Focused Ion Beam (FIB/SEM, Helios Nanolab 660/G3 from ThermoFisher Scientific)  
     

  • Surface imaging techniques, elemental analysis, and crystal orientation and texture analysis via Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Electron Back Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) (Oxford Instruments), and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) 
     

  • TEM (Talos F200X, ThermoFisher Scientific) offering ultra-high-resolution imaging capabilities, coupled with advanced analytical techniques  
     

  • Nanoscale cross-sectioning and FIB milling for TEM sample preparation  
     

  • X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS, K-Alpha system from ThermoFisher Scientific) 


Required Courses

Fall Semester:

  • MSE 585 – Materials Characterization Techniques (3 credits)
  • MSE 520 – Advanced Materials Characterization: Imaging and Surface Science Techniques (3 credits)

Spring Semester:

  • MSE 510 – Structure of Materials (3 credits)
  • MSE 521 – Advanced Materials Characterization: Diffraction and Spectroscopic
                        Techniques (3 credits)
     

Application Requirements

  • CV (optional)
  • Personal Statement (optional)
  • GRE
  • Transcripts

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Matthew Beck

Director of Graduate Certificate

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

College of Engineering

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.