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Students and professionals will have a chance to learn key elements of materials science thanks to an upcoming course at UT.

To be held May 6-8, the course will highlight cutting-edge techniques for revealing materials structures and properties, ranging from atomic dimensions to the macro scale. The course is co-sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, and the UT chapter of the Materials Research Society.

Topics to be covered include everything from imaging and chemical analysis to nano-indentation and other physical testing techniques. 

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of techniques for assessing the structure, composition, and physical properties of materials in the solid state,” said Kurt Sickafus, head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “The goal is to provide students with a ‘go-to’ guide to help determine what techniques they should be using in the field or at work.”

Each day’s courses run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the individual lessons lasting about an hour each. They will take place in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility, located atop the Hill at 1414 Circle Drive.

Instructors for the classes will come from a number of different locations across East Tennessee, not only helping to bring varying perspective to the classes but also showing the kinds of materials science resources available in the area.

“We will be able to pay special attention to the following issues: 1) the spatial resolution of various techniques (atomic, nanoscale, microscopic, etc.); 2) the relative sensitivities of the various analytical procedures (parts per million, atomic percentage, etc.); and 3) destructive versus nondestructive analyses,” said Sickafus.

The cost is $200 for students and $350 for others, which covers course materials, lunches, and refreshments for breaks.

The deadline to register is April 1, with 100 spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.


David Goddard (865-974-0683,