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FTF155 - Material science, characterization
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner

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MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Basic and applied materials science and eng., Year 1 (elective)


Professor  Lars Börjesson
Professor  Per Jacobsson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The aim of the course is to give a basic knowledge of experimental techniques used for characteri-zation of structure and dynamic properties in materials science.


The course is directed to students with interest in material science (at F, K, E or M) in the beginning of their graduate studies bur also to undergraduates, in the 4th year, at Chalmers and Göteborg University.


The course has three parts:(i) lectures, approxi-mately 20 hours, (ii) project work (total extent about 3 weeks) and (iii) a series of seminars.
The lectures covers the following subjects:
(i) Diffraction: A short theoretical introduction to diffraction of X-rays, neutrons and electrons by matter.
(i) Surface analysis: Techniques for surface and interface analysis are reviewed, e.g. Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis, Auger-spectroscopy, and SIMS.
(i) Microscopy: An introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and electron microscopy.
(i) Spectroscopy: Basic concepts of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Raman and Inrfrared Spec-troscopy with application to polymer structure determination.
(ii) Projects
A compulsory practical project (extent 3 weeks) is included in the course. The aim of the project is to characterize, as completely as possible, a given material with some of the techniques presented in the course. Obtained results must be scrutinized and presented orallly as well as written.
(iii) Seminars in materials science.
A seminar series with invited guests from acade-mia/industry will be held in parallel during the course. These seminars will be announced sepa-rately.


The essential part of the course will be summarized in handout lecture notes. Additional literature will be recommended.


The examination has two components: An end course test on the course content and a completed project work with oral presentation.

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