Course title
Materials Characterization Methods

alicja klimkowicz
Course content
During this curse the student will learn about the basic measuring techniques for material science. Possibilities and limitations of techniques will be given together with a description when to use particular measuring method. Microscopic, diffraction, resonance and thermoanalytical techniques for material testing will be introduces. Comparison of the possibilities of optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy will be given. Atomic force microscope, scanning tunneling microscopy will be explained. Basics of X-ray diffraction, electron and Neutron diffraction will be given followed by thermogravimetry, direct scanning calorimetry and dilatometry. Measurements of electrical and transport properties such as electrical conductivity, thermoelectric force, will be explained. Resonance methods will be also described. The course will be complemented of a sample preparation discussion and data analysis. Occupational safety and health aspects will be underlined.
Purpose of class
Understanding of the principle of operation of the covered measuring techniques. The students are aware of the possibilities and limitations of the characterizations methods. The students learn how to handle professional equipment. The students will learn how to interpret at the measured results and learn what type of software can be used for data analysis. After taking the class, the students will be able to design study plan for testing their materials by themselves.
Goals and objectives
  1. The students are able to choose the appropriate measuring technique that is suitable for the investigation of their samples.
  2. The students understand principle, know advantages and limitations of the described techniques.
  3. The students are able to analyze the results using appropriate software.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Diffraction methods, lecture: X-ray, electron, neutron diffraction, synchrotron light preparation of materials for testing by students 210minutes
2. Diffraction technique, practice on X-ray smart lab, X-ray ultima IV available in technolpaza, Toyosu campus review of the class 210minutes
3. Microscopy, lecture: optical, scanning and transmission microscopy, atomic force microscope, scanning tunneling microscopy. review of the class 210minutes
4. Microscopy: practice on JEOL SEM7100F and JEOL SEM 7610F equiped with EDS detector. review of the class 210minutes
5. Temperature related measurements, lecture: Thermogravimetry (TG+DTA) and Direct Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) dilatometry review of the class 210minutes
6. Practice on TG-DTA from BRUKER ASX TG 2020 and DSC review of the classpreparation for the final presentation 210minutes
7. Electrical and transport properties, lecture: electrical conductivity, thermoelectric force. Resonance testing methods. Students final presentation review of the class, 210minutes
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Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

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Evaluation method and criteria
The students will be evaluated based on their atendence, activity during the class and final presentation.
Textbooks and reference materials
Suplementary textbooks:
Springer Handbook of Metrology and Testing Editors: Czichos, Horst, Saito, Tetsuya, Smith, Leslie E. (Eds.)
Diffraction Analysis of the Microstructure of Materials Editors Eric J. Mittemeijer, Paolo Scardi
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Please schedule a meeting via email:
  • The office location: Research Building, room 04032
    Regular hours 9-18 Monday-Friday
Relation to the environment
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicatable
Last modified : Wed Jul 17 04:01:02 JST 2019