Advanced Materials Characterization (MAT 405)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
8/7 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Emre Erdem,
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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 of electronic and crystal properties of solid materials; 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.


  • The students are familiarized with the theory of the techniques treated in the course.
  • Each student will gain hands-on knowledge in the laboratory characterizing model samples and an unknown.
  • With their own collected data, each individual will learn to write a comprehensive lab report on the technique.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 3

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 2

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 3

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 2

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 2

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 4

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 4

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 4


  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.