MSE 231

Materials Science and Engineering 231

Course Description

The course deals with equilibrium thermodynamics applied to materials science. The basic theory of equilibrium thermodynamics is developed following the approach of H. Callen. Statistical thermodynamics is introduced to permit a molecular description and treatment of thermodynamic properties.

Applications include the development and use of criteria to characterize equilibria in single and multicomponent systems, homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, non-reacting systems. The primary text for these topics is the book by R. T. DeHoff.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Equilibrium thermodynamics
  3. Statistical thermodynamics
  4. Unary heterogeneous systems
  5. Multicomponent, homogeneous nonreacting systems
  6. Multicomponent heterogeneous systems
  7. Thermodynamics of phase diagrams
  8. Multicomponent, multiphase reacting systems
  9. Summary


  1. David R. Gaskell, Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials, 4th Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2003
  2. Robert T. DeHoff, Thermodynamics in Materials Science, McGraw – Hill, 1983
  3. C. H. P. Lupis, Chemical Thermodynamics of Materials, Elsevier Science Publishing Co. Inc., 1983
  4. Herbert Callen, Thermodynamics, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1985
  5. Kenneth Denbigh, The Prinsiples of Chemical Equilibrium, 4th Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1981
  6. John Prausnitz, Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria, Prentice Hall, 1986
  7. J. Bevan Ott, Julianna Boerio – Goates, Chemical Thermodynamics: Advance Applications, Academic Press, 2000
  8. Stanley Sandler, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1999
  9. Donald Mc Quarrie, Statistical Mechanics, University Science Books, 2000

Based on the syllabus of Dr. Claro Llaguno