Yimin A Wu teaches the following courses in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department of the University of Waterloo:
Special topics in materials: Materials for Nano and MEMS
(Fall 2022, 6 students)
This course provides the fundamental materials physics of nano and micro-electro-mechanical systems. Discussion of atomic and electronic structure, energy bands, electronic and atomic interactions, dynamic electronic properties, and interconnectors will be provided.
(Fall 2019, 33 students; Fall 2020, 23 students, Fall 2021, 26 students, Fall 2022, 13 students)
This course is intended for those students interested in acquiring a working knowledge of metallurgy. It covers: metals and alloy systems, iron-carbon alloys, heat treatment and the function of alloying elements in steel, corrosion and scale resistant alloys, copper and nickel base alloys, light metals and their alloys; casting, hot and cold working of metals; soldering, brazing and welding; corrosion and oxidation; metal failure analysis.
Structure and Properties of Materials
(Spring 2020, 126 students; Winter 2021, 133 students; Spring 2022, 91 students)
The relevance of materials to engineering practice; the relationships between macroscopic physical properties (including mechanical, photonic, thermal, electrical and magnetic properties) and microscopic causes based on fundamental principles (including electronic and atomic structures, atomic bonding, crystal structure and microstructure); description of the differences in macroscopic physical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors and composite materials in terms of microscopic causes.
Introduction to Nanotechnology
(Fall 2021, 18 students)
This introductory course provides the fundamentals of general nanoscience, nano-characterization and nanofabrication. Discussion of (nano)scale dependent structures and properties, as well as basic quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics, as required for the understanding of nanomaterials; common microscopy techniques, including scanning tunneling, atomic force and electron microscopy; and common nanofabrication techniques, including lithography, thin film technologies, molecular beam epitaxy, focused ion beam milling and solution synthesis.