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270305 PS Modern methods for materials characterization (2021S)


4.00 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



Important: A first discussion on 17.3.2021, 11:00 - 12.00 per videoconference with all participants and supervisors should define the exact dates for the experimental tasks as well as generally the layout of the course.
Please logi under: https://jm01.univie.ac.at/praktchemiess21


Aims, contents and method of the course

IMPORTANT: In this semester his course will only cover the part in Chemistry : 270305-1 SE+UE Moderne Methoden zur Charakterisierung von Materialien. The physics part is cancelled 260060 SE+UE.
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 . Techniques and interpretation of powder diffraction data; Methods of solving the phase problem. Direct methods for structure determination and refinement from X-ray single crystal data . Introduction to EPMA (Electron Microprobe Analysis).
The introductory course is accompanied by tutored exercises on these major tasks and by concomitant training in various computer programs (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, MC-2, B.2, D.2, Doktorat

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