IM2658 Experimental Techniques - Bulk 6.0 credits

Experimentella metoder - Bulk

This course will give an advanced level introduction to a variety of experimental techniques that are used for the evaluation of properties of bulk nanostructured materials.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

An introduction to bulk nanostructured materials and nanocomposites will be presented. This course aims at teaching the students underlying principles of analytical techniques that are commonly used for the evaluation of bulk properties of materials. These include surface analysis technique FTIR spectroscopy; optical properties evaluation by UV-Vis spectroscopy; crystallographic phase identification by XRD; thermal properties evaluation using TGA and DSC; microstructure investigation by Electron microscopy (SEM and HRTEM); surface area analysis by BET surface area analyzer; electrical property measurement using four-probe technique; magnetic properties by VSM and mechanical properties using indenters.

Intended learning outcomes *

After a successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe techniques used for the evaluation of surface properties of materials.
  • Explain the underlying principle of means of detection/signal generation for surface analysis techniques.
  • Name and describe techniques used for structural characterization of materials.
  • Name and describe techniques used for investigation of thermal properties of materials.
  • Name and describe techniques used for microstructure investigation of materials.
  • Name and describe techniques used for magnetic characterization of materials.
  • Name and describe techniques used for investigation of optical properties of materials.
  • Name and describe techniques used for investigation of magnetic properties of materials.
  • Interpret analysis results from an FT-IR spectrum.
  • Interpret XRD results and relate it to homogeneity of material.
  • Interpret TGA thermogram, indicating corresponding physical/chemical changes.
  • Interpret DSC thermogram, indicating corresponding physical/chemical changes.
  • Interpret magnetic behavior of the material from VSM measurement.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

Good knowledge about physics and chemistry courses according to the study plan.

Equipment

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Literature

Lecture notes and handouts.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TUT1 - Tutorials, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Evaluation of the course will be based on two assignments, two lab exercises and a final exam. Details of grading are as follows: 

2 Assignments x 1 hp:                2 hp

2 Lab Exercises x 1 hp:              2 hp

Final Exam:                                2 hp 

Further instructions will be given at the course start.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Muhammet Toprak

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IM2658

Offered by

ICT/Material Physics

Main field of study *

Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Muhammet Toprak

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

Language of instruction:         English