165.140 Physicochemical Methods of Materials Characterization
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • present the physicochemical foundations of experimental techniques of materials characterization,
  • assess which methods are most suited to measure a given physicochemical property of interest,
  • interpret experimental results to obtain information of the nature of materials,
  • carry out computational chemistry calculations to address problems in the area of solids, surfaces, and nanoparticles,
  • interpret theoretical results to formulate experimentally testable hypotheses and vice-versa,
  • formulate applications of the methods to characterize solids and heterogeneous catalysts,
  • take part in the design of new methods in materials science and catalysis.

Subject of course

  • Structure of Materials: Crystals, Real vs. Reciprocal Space.
  • Surfaces and Nanoparticles.
  • Electronic Structure of Materials, Bonding on Surfaces and Applications to Catalysis.
  • Density Functional Theory, Materials Modelling and Reactivity.
  • Principles of Vibrational Spectroscopy.
  • X-Ray Diffraction Methods.
  • Texture and Morphology, Microscopy
  • Auger Electron, X ray and UV Photoelectron Spectroscopies.
  • Experimental aspects of Electron spectroscopy. XAS.
  • NMR Spectroscopy.
  • Defects in Crystals, Charge and Heat transport.
  • Machine Learning for materials characterization.
  • Materials Database.

Teaching methods

Teaching will be presential during the course in BA 02A.



Mode of examination


Additional information

For data protection purposes, we can only respond to enquiries sent from an official TU (student) e-mail address !



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 12:0009.03.2023 - 22.06.2023Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu12:00 - 14:0023.03.2023Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Wed10:00 - 12:0029.03.2023Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Physicochemical Methods of Materials Characterization - Single appointments
Thu09.03.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu16.03.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu23.03.202312:00 - 14:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Wed29.03.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu20.04.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu27.04.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu04.05.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu11.05.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu25.05.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu01.06.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu15.06.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL
Thu22.06.202310:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02A TUWEL

Examination modalities

At the end of the semester, students will be given a list of topics related to the contents of the course. They must choose one and prepare a short presentation (either individually on in groups of two) to be delivered over Zoom.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
24.01.2023 12:00 07.03.2023 23:30



No lecture notes are available.