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270305 SE+UE Modern Techniques in Materials and Solid State Chemistry (2017S)

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 serve).


max. 8 participants
Language: German



Die Vorbesprechung an der wir mit allen Teilnehmern den Praktikumstag bestimmen (jede Woche ein Halbtag) wird am Mittwoch den 8. März 2017 im Zi 32 (neben dem Aufzug in die Zentralbibliotheh der Physik) um 11:00 stattfinden. Bitte unbedingt teilnehmen.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course intends to provide a general introduction into the tasks of crystal structure determination (a) from X-ray powder data as well as (b) from X-ray single crystal data.
These techniques will be demonstrated on selected examples.
The course is highly recommended as a specific preparation for master work and/or a doctoral thesis in materials chemistry.

Contents (part in Physical Chemistry): Introduction to production and properties of X-rays. Fundamental principles of X-ray diffraction. Indexation of X-ray powder patterns (Example 1). Techniques and interpretation of powder diffraction data; qualitative and quantitative analysis of crystalline powders (Rietveld analysis) as well as ab-initio determination of an unknown crystal structure from X-ray powder data (Example 2). Methods of solving the phase problem. Direct methods for structure determination and refinement from X-ray single crystal data (Example 3). Introduction to EPMA (Electron Microprobe Analysis; Example 4).
The introductory course is accompanied by tutored exercises on these major tasks (1-4) and by concomitant training in various computer programs (Fullprof, Oscail, Atoms).

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, and the 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

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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