Materials Characterization Certificate

Materials Characterization Certificate

This certificate can be completed via EDGE.

A certificate in Materials Characterization consists of three graduate online courses. The course, “Survey of Materials Analysis Techniques”, covers a broad range of instrumentation and analysis techniques is mandatory. The other two courses can be any 2 of the following:


The following courses comprise the Materials Characterization Certificate:

EMA6510: Survey of Materials Analysis Techniques

Offered every fall, this course covers the principles, techniques and instruments used in characterization of materials including chemical, microstructural, and surface analysis of materials for metals, ceramics, polymers, and semiconductor systems. Research and industrial applications will be broadly presented and discussed.

EMA6507: Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis

Offered every summer, this course is designed to introduce the theoretical concepts of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Electron Prop Microanalysis (EPMA), and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). Topics covered include electron optics, electron beam-specimen interactions, instrument design, operational parameters, image formation and interpretation, specimen preparation, image processing, and data reduction and analysis of X-ray spectra.

EMA6518: Transmission Electron Microscopy

EMA6938: Special Topics: X-Ray Diffraction

Offered every spring, this course will present the fundamentals and basic geometries used for powder and thin film x-ray diffraction analysis. The appropriate techniques to solve various problems in materials science and engineering such as: structure characterization, phase composition, grain size measurement, stress measurement, thin film thickness, density and roughness measurements, texture and epitaxial quality.


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