Advanced Materials Characterization (MAT 525)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
Emre Erdem,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Laboratory
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Simulation
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This combined class and laboratory course complements Materials Characterization in the sense of continuing along the central theme in greater detail. Topics include: a basic overview and general aspects dynamic light scattering; atomic force microscopy; electron spin resonance spectroscopy, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Mössbauer spectroscopy, dielectric spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. Computational techniques will be given in lab section to show how to simulate spectra by considering the energy functions


The main objective of this course is getting knowledge about the advanced spectroscopic, microscopic and scattering techniques in particular not only magnetic resonance methods but also impedance and Mössbauer, AFM and DLS, respectively. This will enable students to comment on the data that are obtained from these advanced characterization techniques. One of the main learning outcomes of the course is i.e., the student has knowledge of the relationship between the substance structure and its EPR and NMR spectra, which can be applied in the determination of the structure of the unknown inorganic/organic compounds. Student knows the principles of magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques, along with simulations of isotropic and anisotropic EPR/NMR spectra.


By the end of this course, students will:
Differentiate between kinetic and thermodynamic effects on growth
Differentiate different thin film growth modes
Evaluate key characterization techniques and their utility in understanding surface and interface phenomena
Evaluate the technological significance of surfaces and interfaces at the nanoscale


  Percentage (%)
Final 60
Midterm 30
Presentation 10



Atkin's Physical Chemistry, P. Atkins, Julio de Paula, 8th Edition (Advisory only)


Lecture notes: The lecture notes will be posted to SU-Course to help you follow along in the lecture.

Textbook: There will not be an official course textbook. Instead, reference material will be recommended or provided by the instructor of that particular topic. All required resources will be uploaded to SU-Course. Important and related textbooks that are available in the library will be listed in SU-Course, such as: Atkin's Physical Chemistry, P. Atkins, Julio de Paula, 8th Edition.