2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE2710 Materials Synthesis and Characterisation
20 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Dr N Hondow
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are to provide students with:
- a sound understanding of the physical and chemical principles which underpin both the synthesis of materials and their characterisation;
- the knowledge to be able to select appropriate processing routes with a view to producing materials with a desired combination of properties;
- the ability to select an appropriate range of advanced materials characterisation techniques, and analyse the data generated by these, in order to determine whether a particular processing route has resulted in the desired materials composition and microstructure.
On completion of this module, students should:
- understand the thermodynamic, kinetic and morphological principles underpinning materials synthesis;
- be able to apply these principles in understanding the design and capabilities of materials processing techniques;
- be able to design an appropriate processing route to synthesize a material with a controlled microstructure to deliver the required properties;
- understand the principles, applications and limitations of advanced materials characterisation techniques;
- be able to select a range of advanced materials characterisation techniques, and analyse the data generated by these, to characterise (chemically and structurally) the product from a materials synthesis process.
- Synthesis via phase transformations;
- Elements of a phase transformation;
- Order of a phase transformation;
- Thermodynamics and kinetics of first and second order phase transformations, including interfaces and transport processes;
- Microstructural development during transformations from the vapour, liquid and solid states and during crystallisation from solution;
- Microstructural control in materials processing via phase transformations;
- Microscopy: principles and applications of light and electron microscopy techniques;
- X-ray diffraction and characterisation;
- Scanning probe techniques;
- Spectroscopy and surface analysis;
- Examples of contemporary research in materials synthesis and characterisation.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||2||1.00||2.00|
|Independent online learning hours||60.00|
|Private study hours||98.00|
|Total Contact hours||42.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyIndependent on-line learning using self-learning units and formative on-line tests (16 hr)
Revision for in-class tests and final examination
Reading to support lecture material
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackPerformance and feedback from formative on-line tests.
Feedback on progress in the group project at three points throughout the year.
Performance in the semester 1 and semester 2 in-class tests.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Group report||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
An individual project will be available for students who are required to re-sit the group project which assesses the same learning outcomes but which will require an appropriately reduced time to complete.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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