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Characterization Methods for Bulk Materials


Overview of the characterization methods for bulk solid, mesophasic and liquid materials. Structural characterization: microscopy (light and electron), scattering (light, X-ray and neutron) and spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman and NMR) methods. Determination of thermophysical properties: heat capacity, thermal and electrical conductivities, thermal expansion coefficients, vapor pressures, density, heat of combustion, cohesive energy; phase transitions, phase diagrams and polymorphism; in-depth view of calorimetric methods. Characterization of mechanical and flow/transport properties; rheological methods. Practical demonstrations and visits to external labs.


To provide an advanced understanding of modern methods for the structural and functional characterization of bulk solids, mesophases and organized liquids.

Recommended Books

Solid state chemistry: techniques, K. Cheetham, P. Day, Clarendon Press, 1990. Materials characterization: introduction to microscopic and spectroscopic methods, Y. Leng, New York, Wiley, 2008. Chemical Thermodynamics: Advanced Applications, J.B. Ott, J. Boerio-Goates, San Diego, Academic Press, 2000. Neutrons, X-rays and light: scattering methods applied to soft condensed matter, T. Zemb, P. Lindner, Elsevier, 2002.

Teaching Staff

Eduardo Marques (Course Coordinator) Luis Santos Margarida Bastos


Lectures: 28 H; Lab works/Tutorials: 28 H

Grading System

Exam: 50% Lab reports + presentations: 50%

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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