National University of Singapore, 2023 - 2024

Master of Science (Materials Science and Engineering)

GPA: 5.00/5.00
Grade Breakdown: 9A+/1A
Total credits: 40/40

Courses taken

MLE5101: Thermodynamics for Sustainability

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

The course introduces the students advanced thermodynamic concepts of sustainable development especially those related to various energy technologies.

MLE5104: Physical Properties of Materials

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

Physical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and their hybrids are covered. These include overview of electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, magnetic properties, ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, and optical properties of different classes of materials. The correlations of length-scale, structure, microstructures, and interfaces of materials with their properties are emphasized.

MLE5212: Energy Conversion & Storage

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

The course provides a foundation for students interested in doing research into materials related to energy storage and conversion. It will start by introducing the basics of designing and processing materials for energy storage and conversion, their integration into batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells as well as methods for the performance characterisation and optimisation of these devices. The course will finish with aspects of current research on materials for energy storage and conversion.

MLE5220: Computation of Macroscopic Materials Behaviours

Grade: A   Credits: 4

Strong and weak forms and the finite element formulation of one-dimensional mass diffusion problem in the steady and the transient states. Strong and weak forms and the finite element formulation of one-dimensional elastic deformation in materials. Formulating and solving twodimensional mass diffusion problems by finite elements software. Formulating and solving two-dimensional elastic deformation by finite elements software. Formulating and solving two-dimensional problems of coupled mass diffusion and elastic deformation by finite element software.

MLE6103: Structures of Materials

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

Periodic trends in atomic properties, bonding generalization based on periodic trends, generalization about crystal structures based on periodicity. Structural concepts: crystal lattice, reciprocal lattice, diffraction, crystal structures, lattice dynamics, and energy band structure. Examples of effects of structure on physical and chemical properties are discussed.

MLE5223: Rational Materials Design for Sustainability

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

The course introduces the students to advanced rational materials design concepts and their application in the Sustainable materials design. Application examples will demonstrate how the application of these concepts leads to a resource-efficient low-carbon design of materials, processes and devices for energy storage and conversion, water management and urban housing.

MLE5225: Electro-Active Materials for Sustainability

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

The course introduces the students to the foundational aspects of electrochemistry and the use of electro-active materials in different electrochemical systems. This intensive course will cover a broad range fundamentals and applications of electro-active materials. This course will also present the development of electro-active materials enabling technologies for sustainability.

MLE5222: Nano and 2D materials for Energy applications

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

This course will cover selected key nanomaterials for green energy harvesting, energy storage, conversion and catalysis, including their design, nanomaterials fabrication, energy performance, and applications. They include: introduction to energy nanomaterials; design principles; selected key energy nanomaterials in different dimensions (0D, 1D, 2D and 3D); processing and synthesis, and relationships among key variables at both nanomaterials and energy device levels.

MLE5002: Materials Characterization

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

MLE5002 is a core course that teaches modern techniques and methods for the structural and spectroscopic characterisation of materials. Besides X-ray-, electron-, and vibrational spectroscopy, the course focuses on different types of microscopy, electron microscopy in particular. The concepts are treated from a mechanistic point of view; letting the students gain deeper insight into the ideas behind the techniques, without the need to perform advanced calculations. This course is designed to help students select the most relevant microscopy or spectroscopy methods, and let them interact knowledgeably with equipment experts to optimize their own future materials characterisation experiments.

MLE5236: Electron Transport in Novel Quantum Materials

Grade: A+   Credits: 4

Students will explore the electronic properties of novel quantum materials. We will start from the classification of materials based on their dimensionality, electronic band structure and topology. Then we will explore mechanisms of electron conduction in novel material systems. Students will deal with real experimental data to analyse the electrical response of low-dimensional electron systems, topological insulators, superconductors and more as well as extract their properties as a function of external parameters. Next, we will discuss how to fabricate devices out of the novel material systems as well as how to perform measurements to characterise their electronic properties.