Methods of study and characterisation of materials

Course Information
TitleΜΕΘΟΔΟΙ ΜΕΛΕΤΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΧΑΡΑΚΤΗΡΙΣΜΟΥ ΤΩΝ ΥΛΙΚΩΝ / Methods of study and characterisation of materials
Interdepartmental ProgrammeProcesses and Technology of Advanced Materials
Collaborating SchoolsElectrical and Computer Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600004477

Programme of Study: Processes and Technology of Advanced Materials

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course117.5

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction)
General Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for the specific course. For an unimpeded class work prospective students are expected to a) have good background knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, b) have been exposed to fundamental physicochemical characterization techniques during their undergraduate studies, and c) possess creative vision. Knowledge of a foreign language is necessary.
Learning Outcomes
The graduate students for the course are expected to:  gain knowledge of basic concepts, principles and advanced applications of modern physicochemical techniques pertaining tot he analysis of matter in engineering processes and advanced materials technologies.  develop their personal skills and critical thinking on basic and advanced knowledge of general, complex analytical techniques in technologies tied to advanced materials  understand the theoretical pillars of the physicochemical analaytical techniques, and be in a position to apply the relevant analaysis to solve engineering problems in processes and advanced materials technologies.  gain knowledge of the basic characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research in modern analysis on the structure and properties of matter and understand its role in engineering and current applications in modern hybrid technological materials.  Get exposed and trained on methodological and practical issues that may arise from the involvement of a contemporary analytical techniques of an engineering researcher in the specific field.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
I.3 METHODS OF STUDY AND CHARACTERIZATION OF MATERIALS Optical Microscopy, Optical microscope - General. Light Methods: Bright and dark field, Normarski (DIC), polarized light. Phase contrast microscope, interference microscope. Lenses, Imprinting media. Metallographic preparation of samples for optical observation. Laboratory exercise: Use of optical metallographic microscope for the study of characteristic metallic samples. Electron microscopy. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Microanalytical methods (WDS, EDS). Sample system preparation. Laboratory exercise: Morphological study (SEM, TEM) - Point chemical analysis. X-rays. X-ray diffraction. Bragg equation. Structural analysis methods: Powder, single crystal, amorphous. Laboratory exercise: Materials characterization - Phase identification. Spectroscopic, optical methods. Absorption-Transmission Spectroscopy. FT-IR and Raman Spectroscopy. Microcharacterization. Laboratory exercise: Raman - FT-IR. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). Differential Thermogravimetric Analysis (DTG). Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) - reduction (R) - oxidation (O) (Temperature Programmed Desorption - Reduction - Oxidation). Laboratory exercise: TGA-DTG, TPD. Methods of mechanical property measurements. Tensile strength and stress measurements upon impact. Relaxation tests. Dynamic mechanical analysis. Laboratory exercise: Tensile strength and stress measurements upon impact. Electrical and magnetic property measurement methods. Electrical conductivity measurements. Semiconductor -dielectric material characterization. Magnetic field sensors. Magnetic quantity measurements, hysteresis cycle recording, Curie point measurement, Epstein frame method. Laboratory exercise: Surface resistance measurement - Four point method. Epstein frame loss method.
Microscopy, spectroscopy, mechanical properties, analysis, physicochemical techniques, structure of matter, advanced materials, magnetism, X-ray crystallography
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
During class recitations, the following Information Technology and Communications means are employed: 1. Personal PCs and University Servers 2. Scientific videos For student communication, the following media are employed: 1. E-mail 2. Phone communication 3. Skype, Zoom
Course Organization
Laboratory Work391.6
Reading Assigment49.52.0
Written assigments220.9
Student Assessment
The evaluation criteria of student performance are listed and dwelled upon in due detail on the following website:
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION, C. Richard Brundle, Charles A. Evans Jr., Shaun Wilson, Butxetworch-Heinemann 1992
Additional bibliography for study
Title: Calorimetry and Thermal Methods in Catalysis Author(s): Vera Bolis (auth.), Aline Auroux (eds.) Series: Springer Series in Materials Science 154 Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg Year: 2013 Edition: 1 Title: The Nature of Biological Systems as Revealed by Thermal Methods (Hot Topics in Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry) Author(s): L. Rinczy Denes Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers City: Year: 2004 Title: Thermal methods of analysis : principles, applications and problems Author(s): P J Haines; et al Publisher: Blackie Academic & Professional City: London ; New York Year: 1995 Edition: 1
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