Materials Characterization (MAT 312)

2021 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)
Burç Mısırlıoğlu,
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MAT204 ENS205 ENS202
Formal lecture,Laboratory
Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project 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, in order 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 hands-on investigation. In all of these, 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 are being investigated, the interpretation of the results of analysis to deduce information about the structure-property relationship in the material, and how the instruments work.


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 (%)
Group Project 30
Written Report 50
Other 20


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.
* Polymer Characterization: Lab techniques and analysis/ N.P. Cheremisinoff; Noyes Publications NJ-USA