KE830: Characterization of Materials

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N540036112, N540036122, N540036102
Censorship: Second examiner: None, Second examiner: External
Grading: Pass/Fail, 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N540036101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 02-10-2020


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

10012101(former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry; or minor in chemistry.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:
  • Have
    knowledge of KE525: Inorganic chemistry A (5 ECTS) + KE801: Inorganic chemistry
    B (5 ECTS) + KE504 Analytical Spectroscopy or KE549:Analytical Spectroscopy (minor in chemistry)  + KE826: Spectroscopy
  • Be able to use Windows Office and basic mathematics.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to apply several modern
experimental techniques for characterization of inorganic and organic
materials, and provide insight into how structural information is
utilized in material science, which is important in regard to the
understanding, research and development of novel materials. 

The
course builds on the knowledge acquired in the courses KE525 (Inorganic
Chemistry A) and KE801 (Inorganic Chemistry B), and gives an academic basis for carrying out a
master-, research- or PhD-project especially within inorganic or
material chemistry.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Give the competence to collect and analyse data from a series of modern characterization techniques
  • Give skills to utilize structural information to characterize materials properties
  • Give
    knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of
    structural characterization and description of materials

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:

  • describe the processes involved in data collection for the applied characterization techniques
  • Explain the theoretical background for the applied characterization techniques
  • process, interpret and analyze experimental data with the aim of extracting structural information
  • Evaluate and compare the strengths and weaknesses of experimental characterization techniques
  • combine
    information from different experimental characterization techniques to
    achieve detailed information about the structure of materials 

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Crystalline and amorphous materials (How may local and global structure of a material be probed?) 
  • Powder X-ray diffraction (Rietveld refinement – structure refinement and structure determination)
  • Solid state NMR spectroscopy (structure determination, defects, dynamics)
  • Particle size analysis (Rietveld analysis and BET) 
  • Elemental analysis (ICP)
  • Electron microscopy (SEM)  

Literature

See itslearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Tests

Participation in laboratory exercises

EKA

N540036112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a)

Exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Exam N540036112, Participation in laboratory exercises N540036101, KE830: Characterization of Materials

Tests

Approval of reports on laboratory work

EKA

N540036122

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

1

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Exam element b)

Timing

June

Tests

Written exam

EKA

N540036102

Censorship

Second examiner: External

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Duration

4 hours

Examination aids

Allowed, except internet. A closer description of the exam rules will be posted in itslearning.

ECTS value

4

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

55 hours per semester

Teaching Method

At the faculty of science, teaching is organized after the three-phase model ie. intro, training and study phase.
The theoretical background will be presented in the lectures, whereas the laboratory classes and individual reports facilitate the application and understanding of the acquired knowledge.

  • Writing individual laboratory reports 
  • Preparation for the lectures including literature and assignments

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Ulla Gro Nielsen ugn@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Per Morgen permorgen@sdu.dk SDU Chemical Engineering, Institut for Kemi-, Bio- og Miljøtekno

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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