Masters Programs

MS Advanced Materials Engineering

The MS Advanced Materials Engineering is a two-year interdisciplinary postgraduate program offered by the Department of Materials. The program provides training opportunities for students to acquaint them with technical knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making. These skills inculcate in them the ability of independent research to address multidisciplinary problems in materials engineering, making them lifelong learners.

The major areas include, but are not limited to: development of new polymers or fibers with superior properties; development of nanofibers for different applications; development and incorporation of nanoparticles in polymers; modification of current polymers or fibers for superior properties; development of polymer matrix composite structures; energy harvesting materials; advanced materials for conductive applications; advanced materials for making valuable products, etc.

Program Learning Objectives (PEOs)

MS Advanced Materials Engineering graduates will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and research in industry and academia through engineering practices generally and advanced materials particularly.
  2. Act as responsible professionals, providing solutions with due considerations to ethical and environmental impacts of their work on society.
  3. Communicate effectively about scientific topics and industrial problems.

Program Learning Objectives (PLOs)

  1. Acquire advanced knowledge in the advanced materials engineering industry and academia.
  2. Design and conduct scientific research using acceptable methodologies and solve research problems through effective analytical skills.
  3. Analyze and evaluate technical findings for better understanding of the readers in the fields of science and engineering.
  4. Manage the advanced knowledge and research skills to one’s work as a team member and/or leader in a multidisciplinary environment.
  5. Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing, with the scientist or engineering community and society at large.

 

First Semester

Code Course Title Credit Hours
 AME-5101  Advanced Materials  3
 AME-5102  Research Methodology  3
 AME-5103  Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques  3
 AME-5104  Mechanics of Materials  3
   Total  12

Second Semester

Code Course TitleCredit Hours
 AME-5111  Composite Materials  3
 AME-5112  Advanced Materials Processing and Rheology  3
 AME-5113  Elastomeric Materials & Processes  3
 AME-5114  Membrane Design and Applications  3
 AME-5115  Smart, Nano and Functional Materials  3
 AME-5116  Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing  3
 AME-5117  Environmental Health and Sustainable Development  3
 AME-5118  Product Development and Innovation Management  3
  *The student will select four elective courses in 2nd semester.  12
 

Third & Fourth Semester

Code Course TitleCredit Hours
 AME-6071  Research Thesis  6
  Total Credit Hours  30

Note:        

  • MS students will have to pass the 24 credit hours courses and 6 credit hours thesis.
  • The summer semester will not be offered.
  • Other details of semester activities are as follows.

Assignments

One assignment per credit is generally conducted by teachers for each subject.

Quizzes

One quiz per credit of course is conducted by each teacher.

Presentations

Teacher can ask students to present a specific topic generally once in a subject.

Projects

Teacher can allot small projects individually or in groups as per the scope of subject.

Exams

Two exams, at the mid and end of semesters, are conducted for each subject.

Criteria for Selection of Electives

The student will have to select four elective courses in 2nd semester.

  • At the start of the second semester, the list of available electives will be displayed/shared with the students.
  • The electives will be offered on the availability of relevant faculty members.
  • The students will choose electives from the given list within the prescribed time limit.
  • An elective will be offered if a minimum of 40% of the class or at least 10 students choose to study that elective.
  • The final elective list will be displayed/shared with the students soon after finalizing the elective subjects.
  • Students, who opted for the non-offered electives, will have to choose among the offered elective courses.

Career opportunities for Graduates after Completion of the Program

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to design, fabricate, and evaluate advanced materials. The graduates would be able to get job and career opportunities in diverse areas, including:

  • Manufacturing/design engineer in manufacturing, energy, polymers/plastics, composites, textiles, defense, etc.
  • Production, planning, and quality management in public and private sector organizations.
  • Product/process development (R & D) in industry/academia
  • Engaged in the marketing and sales of different products/equipment
  • Eligible to apply for PhD program in Advanced Materials, or other disciplines

Course Specifications

Advanced Materials

The objective of this course is to give the students an overview of various types of materials used for advanced engineering applications. The students will learn about the properties and applications of various polymeric, ceramic, metallic, bio- and composite materials ranging from nanoscale to macro scale. In addition to various physical and mechanical properties, various functional aspects of the materials will also be covered in the course including shape memory effect, self-healing, phase change, fire retardant behavior and energy harvesting properties. At the end of the course, the students should be able to select suitable materials for various engineering applications, particularly for making advanced technical textile products.

Reference Books

  1. Advanced Materials, edited by: Theodorus van de Ven and Armand, Soldera, 2020.
  2. Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs, Editor(s): James K. Wessel, 2004.

Research Methodology

The overall aim of this course is to enable the students to identify a research area, identify a research problem, formulate research question, conduct literature survey, formulate research hypothesis, design research experiments, graphically present, analyze and interpret the experimental data, and draw valid conclusions. Additionally, the students will be able to write a research proposal, critically analyze research papers, and write a short literature review with proper citations and referencing. The students will practice relevant statistical tools and techniques using a statistical software package. The students will also become familiar with plagiarism and other ethical issues in research, patents, copyrights and trademarks, thesis, and research paper writing styles.

 

Reference Books

  1. Handbook Of Research Methodology, By Dr. Shanti Bhushan Mishra, Dr. Shashi Alok, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-5457-0340-
  2. Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. 5th ed. by Ranjit Kumar, SAGE Publishing, 2019. ISBN: 9781526449900
  3. Higher Education Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Research Process, By Ben Kei Daniel, Tony Harland, Published in 2017 by Routledge

Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques

This course gives an introduction to different physical, chemical and mechanical characterization techniques, including XRD, SEM, TEM, chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, tensile testing, impact testing, bending, shear and hardness testing.

Reference Books

  1. Advanced Techniques for Materials Characterization by Thomson Reuters BCI (WoS), 2009, ISBN: 9783038133230, DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSFo.49-51
  2. Handbook of Materials Characterization, Editors: Sharma, Surender Kumar (Ed.), Springer, 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-92955-2, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92955-2

Mechanics of Materials

Mechanics of materials is a branch of applied mechanics that deals with the behavior of solid bodies subjected to various types of loading. This course deals with stress-strain behavior of different materials, testing techniques, constitutive equations, micromechanics, modelling and simulation techniques for structural analysis.

Reference Books:

  1. Mechanics of Materials, An Introduction to Engineering Technology, Authors: Ghavami, Parviz, Springer, 2015, ISBN 978-3-319-07572-3
  2. Handbook of Mechanics of Materials, Editors: Editor-in-chief: Hsueh, Chun-Hway, Schmauder, S., Chen, C.-S., Chawla, K.K., Chawla, N., Chen, W., Kagawa, Y. (Eds.), Springer, 2019, ISBN 978-981-10-6883-6

Composite Materials

Composites are the materials of 21st century. They have vast applications in sports, defense, automotive, aerospace engineering, medical sciences, building/construction material and many other sectors. This course is designed to provide student thorough knowledge of fundamental issues of fibres reinforced composites. Students will develop the understanding how composites are made from different fibres and how the inherent properties and layout of fibres affect the mechanical behavior of composites. They will also learn the techniques used to characterize the structure and properties of composites materials. They will also gain the practical experience of making fibre reinforced composites and characterize their behavior through mechanical properties.

Reference Books:

  1. Chapter: Composite Materials Testing, Contributor(s): Khubab Shaker, Yasir Nawab, Book: Advanced Textile Testing Techniques, Ed. Sheraz Ahmad, Abher Rasheed, Ali Afzal, Faheem Ahmad, CRC Press, 2017, ISBN: 9781315155623
  2. Composite Materials: Science and Applications, Second Edition by Deborah D.L. Chung, Springer 2010, ISBN 978-1-84882-830-8, DOI 10.1007/978-1-84882-831-5

Advanced Materials Processing and Rheology

The main objective of teaching this course is to give a general understanding of the primary and critical concepts of polymer solution or melt flow behavior under certain circumstances. The flow properties will be dependent on multiple polymers, solvent, solution, and physical parameters. The flow properties are studied under the title of polymer rheology. Students will be able to remember and understand the key parameters which affects the polymer solution rheology behavior. In addition, the time dependent flow behavior like Rheopexy will be considered to understand the shelf-life behavior. This course will help students understand the different viscosity requirements of polymer solutions and melt during the process, which are key elements in producing a quality product.

Reference Books:

  1. Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Dr. Ranjit Kumar, 2nd Edition, Sage Publications (2005)
  2. Doe Simplified 2E: Practical Tools for Effective Experimentation by Mark J Anderson, 2nd Edition, Productivity Press (2007)
  3. RSM Simplified: Optimizing Processes Using Response Surface Methods for Design of Experiments by Mark J Anderson and Patrick J Whitcomb, Productivity Press (2005)
  4. Design and Analysis of Experiments – Student Solutions Manual by Douglas C. Montgomery, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons (2009)

Elastomeric Materials & Processes

This course has been designed to develop students’ knowledge about elastomers such as rubbers, interpretation of its thermal, chemical, and physical properties, general purpose elastomers, specialty elastomers, fillers, rubber additives, rubber equipment, vulcanization, vulcanizing agents and accelerators, plasticizers, and applications of elastomers.

Reference Books:

  1. Advanced Elastomers: Technology, Properties and Applications by Anna Boczkowska, Intech Open, 2012
  2. Rubber Compounding by Brendan Rogers, CRC Press, 2004
  3. Handbook of Rubber Technology by J. M. Martin and W. K. Smith, 2004

Membrane Design and Applications

This course will provide an insight to the membrane technology and its uses. The course content includes background of the development of membranes followed by detail discussion on membrane materials and their properties. Various methods of membrane preparations and their characterization. The separations (transport mechanism) using membranes, principles of various membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, dialysis, liquid membrane, pervaporation etc. and their applications in different industries. The course will enable students to develop necessary skills to design appropriate membrane-based separation technique as per the need.

Reference Books:

M. K. Purkit, Randeep Singh, Membrane Technology in Separation Science, Taylor & Francis, 2018

Smart Nano and Functional Materials

This course has been designed to develop students’ knowledge of smart materials, nano and functional materials. The mechanisms giving rise to the characteristics and beneficial properties of smart materials as well as the technological applicability and limits of smart materials.The behavior of materials at the nanometer scale and the principles of electrostatic and steric stabilization. Introduction to different types of nanoscale materials. Nucleation and growth of nanostructures. Techniques to synthesize nanostructures/nanomaterials and their characterization techniques. The applications of nanomaterials. Functional materials: relation between properties, structure and crystal symmetry, Size and interface effects on properties, electronic bands structures, Charge transport, semiconductor devices, Optical active materials: theory, examples of materials and applications, Dielectrics, piezo- and ferroelectrics: Magnetism: theory, examples of materials and applications.

Reference Books:

  1. Andy Nieto, Nanomaterials and their Applications, (2020)
  2. C. Prakash, S. Singh, and J. P. Davim, Functional and Smart Materials. CRC Press, (2020)

Additive and subtractive Manufacturing

Advanced/Additive manufacturing processes - extrusion, jetting, photo polymerization, powder bed fusion, direct-write, sheet lamination, directed-energy deposition and the latest state of the art. Design and fabrication processes - data sources, software tools, file formats, model repair and validation, post-processing. Designing for additive manufacturing (DfAM), Bio-printing, biomaterials, scaffolds and tissue and organ engineering, Materials: Metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and material selection. Applications of additive manufacturing, such as in biomedical, aerospace, surgical simulation, architecture, art, and health care. The new age of distributed manufacturing, direct part production and mass customization. Processes related to AM, such as 3D scanning, mold-making, casting, and sintering.

Reference Books:

Gibson, Ian, Rosen, David, Stucker, Brent, Additive Manufacturing Technologies, 2015

Environmental Health and Sustainable Development

The main objective of teaching this course is to give engineers the knowledge and sense of social responsibility regarding environment, compliance, and sustainability.

The content if this course includes, the detail overview of Global Ecosystem, Air Pollution and its management, Water Pollution and its management, Industrial Pollution and its management, Global warming, Science of Climate Change and Impacts, Concepts of Sustainability, Sustainability Policies, Environmental Challenges & Sustainable Solutions, Instruments for implementing sustainable development

Through this course the students will become familiar with potential strategic options to perform socially responsible industrial activities in sustainable fashion while protecting environmental health.

Reference Books:

  1. Environment, Health and Sustainable Development, 2nd Edition, by Hutchinson (Editor), 2015.
  2. Occupational Health and Safety Management: A Practical Approach, 3rd Edition By Charles D. Reese, CRC Press 2017.

Product Development and Innovation Management

This course is designed to equip the students with management knowledge that will enable them to apply the hard skills and technical knowledge to innovate and develop new products, upscale and commercialize the prototypes and R&D work through the utilizing of innovation and product development strategies and modern practices. The content if this course is focused on overview of product development and innovation management, innovation processes, models of innovation, innovation management, innovation and industry, product development concepts, product design conceptualization, product design analysis, design test and evaluation, managing intellectual property.

Reference Books:

  1. Innovation Management and New Product Development 6th Edition by Paul Trott, 2021.
  2. Developing New Products and Services by G. Lawrence Sanders, Saylor Foundation 2012.

  1. BS Polymer Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering/Product and Industrial Design/Materials Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics/Electrical Engineering/Electronics Engineering/Mechatronics Engineering or equivalent degree from HEC recognized institution with a minimum CGPA 2.00/4.00 or 3.00/5.00 in semester system or 60% marks in annual/term system.
  2. Applicants having terminal degrees as prescribed in condition no. 01, are required to qualify NTU-GAT (General) test while applicants having different terminal degree are required to qualify NTU-GAT (Subject) test additionally with minimum 50% score  as per HEC.
  3. The applicant must not be already registered as a student in any other academic program in Pakistan or abroad.
  4. Result waiting applicants may apply for admission, however their merit will be finalized only on submission of final BS/M.Sc or equivalent official transcript or degree.
  5. Relevant Admission Committee will determine relevancy of terminal degree and decide deficiency course/s (if any) at the time of admission interview, the detail of which will be provided to the student in his/her admission letter/email.
  6. Deficiency course/s will be treated as non-credit and qualifying course/s for which student will also pay extra dues as per fee policy. Those course/s will neither be mentioned in student’s final transcript nor will be included for calculation of CGPA. However, the student may obtain his/her a separate transcript for completion of deficiency course/s.

Note: The student will submit his/her publication from his/her thesis research work and submit to his/her supervisor. Final defense will be held after the submitted publication of student will be notified as “Under Review” or “Under Consideration” by a journal. It will be compulsory for graduate student to include his/her Supervisor’s name in his/her publication.

Merit Criteria

Admission merit list will be prepared according to the following criteria.

 MS Advanced Materials Engineering
 BS or Equivalent  60% weightage
 NTU GAT (General)  30% weightage
 Interview  10% weightage

Fee Structure of Postgraduate Programs for Admission 2023

Programs

Total One Time Dues at Admission (Rupees)

Tuition Fee (1st Semester) (Rupees)

Total Other Charges (Per Semester) (Rupees)

Total 1st Semester Dues (Rupees)

M.S. Advance Materials Engineering

           32,400

            33,600

             11,000

77,000


Detail of One Time Admission Dues and Other Charges

Particulars 

Rupees 

Admission Fee (Once at admission) 

25,000 

Certificate Verification Fee (Once at admision) 

2,000 

University Security (Refundable) 

5,000 

Red Crescent Donation (Once at admision) 

100 

University Card Fee (Once at admision)

300

Library Fee (Per Semester)

3,000

Examination Fee (Per Semester)

3,000

Medical Fee (Per Semester)

2,000

Student Activity Fund (Per Semester)

2,000

Endowment Fund (Per Semester)

1,000

Degree Fee (Once in the Last Semester)

5,000

 

Note:

 (i) Tuition Fee will increase @ 2.5% Per Annum in Subsequent Years.

(ii) The Security Deposit is against breakage and/or any other damage caused by the students.

(iii) The Security Deposit is refundable within two year after the completion of degree or leaving the

the University without completion or expulsion from the University. After Two years all the unclaimed

securities will be forfeited.

(iv) If any student fails to submit semester dues till sixth week from the commencement of semester

then the student's admission will be cancelled. Student may sit in mid exam after the payment of

re-admission fee of Rs.15,000/- along with semester dues.

 

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