Universität Wien FIND

270263 SE+UE Modern methods for materials characterization (2019W)

3.50 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 8 participants
Language: German, English



As with all participants and lecturers we have to decide on suitable half days throughout the semester please come in any case to our first meeting on 9th October 2019 in room 3E36 (in the faculty of physics, door left of the elevator to the ZbP) at 11:00.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is part of a larger LV entitled "Materialwissenschaftliches Praktikum", which combines LV 260060 (PR "Praktikum Materialphysik", 8 ECTS) in the Faculty of Physics as well as the LV 270305 (SE+UE "Moderne Methoden zur Charakterisierung von Materialien", 3.5 ECTS) in the Faculty of Chemistry.
The part in the Faculty of Chemistry comprises 4 Experiments outlined below and intends to provide a general basic introduction into the tasks of crystal structure determination (a) from X-ray powder data as well as (b) from X-ray single crystal data.
The aforementioned tasks in Physical Chemistry/Materials Chemistry are embedded in a larger course in "Materials Science" covering many basic important aspects such as "Crystal growth techniques", "Mechanical properties of metals, glasses, polymeres", "DTA/DSC combined with quantitative EDX-EPMA for phase diagram evaluation", "TEM-transmission electron microscopy", "textures in metals" etc.

Assessment and permitted materials

The judging of students is derived from the activity in seminars, the engagement during the experiments, and from the result of final questioning.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Correct handling of modern research facilities, good physico/chemical understanding, suitable documentation of experiments.

The course is highly recommended as a specific preparation for master work and/or a doctoral thesis in materials chemistry.

Examination topics

The lab course uses modern audio-visual tools and state-of-the-art research instruments.

Reading list

A series of books on the specific subjects treated in the total labcourse will be made available to the participants; the part covered in physical chemistry may be studied from 1) M.M. Woolfson, "An Introduction to X-ray Crystallography", Cambridge University Press, Online Publication January 2010; Online ISBN:9780511622557 ; Paperback ISBN:9780521423595

2) G. H. Stout and L.H. Jensen "X-ray Structure Determination, A Practical Guide", 2nd Ed. J. Wiley&Sons, NY, 1989

Association in the course directory

PC-1, B.2

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