2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE5750M Materials Structures and Characterisation
15 creditsClass Size: 47
Module manager: Dr AJ Scott
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe a range of typical crystal structures adopted by materials and understand the factors which determine the adoption of these structures;
- use crystallographic terms and methods to describe crystal structures and to predict diffraction data and materials properties;
- understand the principles, applications and limitations of advanced materials characterisation techniques;
- practically employ a range of advanced materials characterisation techniques and analyse the data generated by these.
An understanding of the range of techniques available to investigate the morphology, structure and chemistry of materials and how these link into resultant materials properties.
An understanding of the theory and practical implementation and use of these characterisation techniques to solve specific technological problems.
- Basic geometrical crystallography; crystal structures and crystal systems; space lattices and symmetry; point groups and space groups; geometry of the reciprocal lattice.
- Use of molecular modelling software for the visualisation of crystal structures and for the calculation of diffraction data.
- X-ray characterisation: the Laue equations and Bragg's Law; the Ewald sphere; coherent scattering of X-rays; X-ray diffraction techniques.
- Light microscopy: dark ground, polarised light, differential interference contrast.
- Electron specimen interactions: ionisation and decay, production of X-rays, secondary and Auger electrons.
- Electron microscopy: SEM, TEM.
- Surface analysis.
- Thermal analysis.
- Infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR)
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||108.00|
|Total Contact hours||42.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyDirected reading in support of lectures/tutorials/practical demonstrations.
Research and report writing for the extended assignment and research-based essay.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackReview of progress with extended assignment. Performance in tutorials and practicals.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Extended portfolio assignment||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
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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