Good news! The Erasmus Mundus label of the SERP-Chem master has been renewed for 3 more classes!!!  In September 2017, our team will thus start a new adventure with the SERP+ master.

Scholarships available and applications on our new website:

Materials Properties and Applications


Physical properties of materials: electrical, thermal, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties. Structure-property relationships. Durability, toxicity, biocompatibility, availability, recyclability and price stability. Application of concepts to metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, semiconductors, soft materials, nanomaterials and biomaterials. The effect of material processing on material properties. Useful range of practical applications. Discussion of current advanced applications for selected materials. Lab demonstrations, presentations and visits to external labs.


To provide an advanced understanding of the relation between: material molecular structure and physical properties; processing and the obtained bulk properties; functionality and applicability.

Recommended Books

Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, W.D. Callister, 7th ed., New York, John Wiley & Sons, 2006. Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Materials Science, B.S. Bokstein, M.I. Mendelev and D.J. Srolovitz, Oxford University Press, 2005. Materials Chemistry, B D. Fahlam, Dordrecht, Springer, 2007. Properties of Materials, M.A. White, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Teaching Staff

Luis Santos (Course Coordinator) Eduardo Marques


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

Grading System

Exam: 50% Lab reports + presentations: 50%

About SERP-Chem

Since its creation in 2008 the SERP-Chem master has benefit from the support of many patners. Click on the following link to visit our partners.

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.


Latest News

Master thesis defense
The second-year students will defend their master thesis on Friday 6th July 2018 at Paris-Sud University.
July 4, 2018

SERP Success story
The European Commission awarded the Success story label to the SERP-Chem master.

Success stories are finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach and can be a source of inspiration for others :
July 4, 2018

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