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Goodwin College of Professional Studies
Drexel University

Course Title: Materials for Emerging Technologies

Credits: 3

Instructors: Dr. William Danley
One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street
Phone: Will be posted later

Materials Science and Engineering an Introduction, William D. Callister, J r., 8

ed., J ohn Wiley, 2010, ISBN:978-0-470-41997-7

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I or equivalent, Minimum Grade: D

Course Description:
The course starts with a basic review of materials including bonding forces,
crystal structure and imperfections. General properties of metals, ceramics and
polymers are presented. Focus shifts to technologies – photo and fuel cells in the
energy industry. Topic include: the chemical process that converts fuel to
electricity directly, light energy that converts to electrical energy, band model for
optical materials, and materials for the optical and electronic industries.

Course Objectives:
To provide the student with up-to-date knowledge in material science that relate
to emerging technologies that are relevant to modern industries.

Expected outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the students will be familiar with:
• The basic of materials – bonding, crystal structure and material imperfections
• Properties of basic materials
• Applications for modern materials in current energy related technologies
• The use of materials in the optical and electronic industries

Online course

Homework 20%
Mid-term exam 35%
Final Examination 45%

Week Homework Assignment Due Date
1 A. Discussion Topic: Write an essay describing the
primary ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. Explain:
(1) The strength range of the bonding forces, (2) What
bond directional features do the bonds have and (3) in
general how are valence electrons distributed.
Describe secondary bonding. Explain: (1) what a
dipole is and (2) what a polar molecule is. The word
limit should be no more than 700 words.
B. Do Problems: 2.7, 2.11, 2.15 and 2.20
Second Week
2 View Video 1- FCC and HCP crystal Structure. Third Week
Week Topics Readings
Basics – Atoms, Molecules - Bonding Forces
within Materials
Callister, Chapters 1
and 2
Crystal Structure
Callister, Chapter 3
except Section 3.16
Imperfections and Diffusion in Solids
Callister, Chapters 4
and 5
General Properties of Ceramics and Polymers
Callister, Chapters
12.1-12.4 and 14
Midterm Exam & Physical Characteristics of
Metals, Ceramics and Polymers
Callister, Chapters
6.1-6, 12.8-11 and
Electrical Properties of Materials
Callister, Chapter
Callister, Chapter
Magnetic Properties
Callister, Chapter 20
Optical Properties
Callister, Chapter
Fuel Cells, Fiber Optics and Lasers
Callister, Chapter
18.4 and 18.16,
Final Examination
Do Problems3.13, 3.31, 3.32, 3.38 and 3.41
3 Do Problems 4.8, 4.20, 4.23, 4.32, 5.7, 5.11, 5.21 Fourth Week
4 View Video 2 – Polymer Structure and Formation
Do problems12.3, 12.5, 12.14, 12.15, 14.4, 14.8, 14.14
and 14.26
Fifth Week
5 View Video 3 – NASA Demonstration of Nylon Belt
that Form Parachutes for Solid Rocket Boosters.
Discussion Topic: Based on the video explain what was
happening in light of the material presented in Chapter
15, Section 7. (15.7)
Do Problems 6.6, 6.10, 12.40, 12.42, 15.6 and 15.13
Sixth Week
6 Do Problems 18.2, 18.7, 18.14, 18.31 and 18.33 Seventh Week
7 Discussion Topic: Write an essay explaining the value
that an understanding of corrosion and corrosion
problems provides to society. Limit the paper to 1000
words. Do Problems 17.4(a), 17.11, 17.20 and 17.28
Eighth Week
8 Do Problems 20.1, 20.5, 20.12, 20.16 and 20.20 Ninth Week
9 Do Problems 21.1, 21.7, 21.12, 21.14 and 21.18 Tenth Week

Course Policies:
Americans with Disability Act:
Students with documented disabilities who need course accommodations, have
emergency medical information or require special arrangements for building evacuation
should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of class. Verification of any
special arrangements needs to be made through the Office of Disability Services, Room
215 Creese Student Center, 215-895-2506. Further information on this can also be
obtained at

Academic Honesty Policy:
Drexel University is committed to a learning environment that embraces academic
honesty. In order to protect members of our community from results of dishonest
conduct, the University has adopted policies to deal with cases of academic dishonesty.
Please read, understand, and follow the “Academic Honesty Policy” as written in the
Official Student Handbook.

Student Responsibilities:
If a student requests an incomplete (I) or no-credit (NC) grade, it is the student’s
responsibility to make sure she/he meets the University criteria and deadlines for
requesting these grades. If the student stops attending the class, she/he will not be
automatically dropped from the course and she/he will receive a grade according to
her/his overall performance. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that she/he is
properly enrolled or de-enrolled in the course.

Course Drop Policy:
Dropping a course results in the course being removed from the student’s academic
record. All students may drop courses through the end of the second week of class of the
current term by using Banner Web for students. No approval is required for upper class
students. Freshmen must meet with their academic advisor before dropping a course.

Course Withdrawal Policy:
Withdrawing from a course results in a “W” appearing on the student’s academic record.
Before withdrawing from a course students should, as a courtesy, consult with the
instructor. Students may withdraw from courses through the sixth week of classes but,
from the third to the sixth week of classes, the student must obtain their advisors
authorization before withdrawing. Such authorization must be obtained in writing and in
person by filling in the corresponding form. In the absence of her/his advisor, the student
must obtain the authorization of the Manager of the GCoPS Academic Advising Center.

Financial Obligations:
Students who do not satisfy financial obligations to Drexel University cannot be entitled
to a grade by the instructor or the University.

The student acknowledges receipt of this syllabus and the information herein
contained by signing the attendance sheet circulated by the instructor.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus if circumstances
warrant such change. All changes will be provided to students in writing.