McQueen Lab 

Quantum Materials Research Group 
Course Webpage: http://occamy.chemistry.jhu.edu/courses/AS.030.691/spring_2016/index.php
Last Updated: May 5, 2016
This projectbased course is designed to introduce core concepts and build essential skills for tackling problems in experimental chemistry. Particular emphasis is placed on developing familiarity with the wealth of experimental and computational tools now available to elucidate the structurefunction relationships of inorganic solids in bulk crystals, thin films, and nanoscale objects. Specific topics covered are chosen by the students who enroll in the course, and may include basic crystallography, structure determination by xray, neutron, and electron diffraction, fundamental concepts of bonding in solids, lattice dynamics, electronic band structure, magnetism, and strongly correlated electron behavior. Relationships between structure and observed materials properties such as electrical conductivity, superconductivity, thermoelectricity, and optical properties can also be explored. The second half of the course is devoted to projects developing specific computational/measurement/analysis tools to tackle studentchosen and led problems. Materialsinterested students across the university encouraged to take this course.
All chemistry graduate students who will be studying materials should take this course. Note for physics students: this course is designed to be complementary to AS.171.405 (Condensed Matter Physics). There should be only nominal overlap between the two courses, so you will find value in taking both.
Class Times:  Th 58 PM 
Classroom:  UTL G98 (68 on the campus map) 
INSTRUCTOR: 
Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen 
mcqueen@jhu.edu 
Office: New Chemistry Building #312 and Bloomberg #301 
Office Hours: by appointment or just stopping by ("open door policy") 
Grading: Four projects each worth 20%. 20% final report and presentation.
Week 1:  Introduction to materials chemistry  [TMMHO] 
Week 26:  Project 1: Building and Measuring a Hardware Random Number Generator  [TMMHO] 
Week 79:  Project 2: Monte Carlo Simulations and Radial Distribution Functions (Calculation and Experiment)  [TMMHO] 
Week 1014:  Project 3: Student Projects (Due morning of final exam)  
MAY 12th, 2016  Final Exam, NCB 1st floor conference room  Presentations given from Noon  3 PM 
Graduate students are allowed to audit the course. It is required that you attend most of the lectures, and strongly recommended that you look at and complete the homework assignments.