Materials Characterization (MAT 312)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
8.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Canan At─▒lgan,
MAT204 ENS205 ENS202
Formal lecture,Laboratory
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning
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Material types classified according to atomic composition; material types classified according to application; physical and chemical properties of materials; aspects of materials which might interest a chemist, physicist, and engineer; surface properties of materials compared to bulk properties; molecular and morphological basis of material physico- chemical properties; DSC analysis of materials; TGA analysis; static contact angle analysis; rheometric analysis FT-IR analyses; X-ray diffractometric analysis; solid state NMR analysis.


The focus of this course will be the analysis and characterization of engineered materials, to develop an intuitive understanding of their structure?properties?processing?performance relationships. To this end, a broad selection of commonly used characterization tools will be the subject of discussions and demonstration. We will use heat, light, electrons, and x?rays to probe the material structure. For each technique, we will address the structural features of the material being investigated, and interpret the results of analyses to deduce information about the structure?property relationship in the material.

Stories that we pursue in this class will enable us to,
1) relate material properties to their structure and processing history
2) develop new materials based on our understanding of structure?properties relationships
3) understand how to extract material information by choosing the best analysis method


use of heat, light, electrons, and x-rays to probe material structure
explain the basic operating principles, capabilities and limitations of structural, morphological, and thermal characterization instruments

describe and model structural features of the material are being investigated

identify the appropriate experimental method for a specific failure analysis problem
analyze and interpret data obtained from materials analysis experiments to deduce information about the structure-property relationship in the material
communicate the structure-property relationship for a materials design challenge
discuss the relationship between hard material structure, properties, processing, and performance
discuss the relationship between soft material structure, properties, processing, and performance


  Percentage (%)
Final 20
Midterm 20
Participation 10
Other 50


Optional Readings

* Microstructural characterization of materials / by D. Brandon, W.D. Kaplan, Wiley, 1999
* Materials science and engineering : an introduction / by William D. Callister, Wiley, 2003
* Electronic Properties of Engineering Materials / by James D. Livingston, Wiley, 1999
* Introduction to Solid State Physics / by Charles Kittel
* Thermodynamics of Engineering Materials / by David V. Ragone, Wiley, 1997
* The Structure of Materials / by Samuel M. Allen and Edwin L. Thomas, Wiley, 1999
* Introduction to the Optical Spectroscopy of Solids / by J. Garcia-Sole, Wiley, 2005
* Polymer characterization : physical techniques / D. Campbell, J.R. White. United Kingdom, Stanley Thornes (publishers) Ltd.
* Spectroscopy of polymers / by Jack L. Koenig. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier, 1999.
* Atkin's Physical Chemistry / by Atkins and de Paula; any edition