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5PMNCAR0 : Materials Characterization - WPMNDCM9

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 11.0
    • Projects 0
    • Tutorials 11.0
    • Internship 0
    • Laboratory works 0


    ECTS 2.0


The aim of this course is to give an overview of structural, microstructural and chemical characterisation techniques in materials science.
The different kinds of radiation-matter intercations as well as experimental aspects are first developped. The main techniques of analysis are then detailed and illustrated by examples for the different materials classes.

Contact Eirini WILHELM, Stephane PIGNARD


The students are divided in small groups and each group choose a characterisation technique to work on. For each technique the bibliography is given by the professor but they are also free to add any other sources they find. At the end, they present their technique to the rest of the class and also elaborate a quizz to evaluate if the main messages are passed to the group. The presenation of each groupe is evaluated by the rest of the classe through an evaluation grille provided by the professor. (12 hours in total)

Classic mode of teaching :

  • Electronic based characterisation techniques
  • Electron Microscopy and associated techniques: SEM, EBSD, EBIC, TEM, EDS/WDS
  • Other techniques: CL, AES, LEED, RHEED
  • Ion based characterisation techniques
  • Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS)
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS)


Cristallography, diffraction


Written exam (2 h)

1 DS écrit de 2h avec document

Additional Information

Course list
Curriculum->Double-Diploma Engineer/Master->Semester 9
Curriculum->Master->Semester 9


  • Analyse structurale et chimique des matériaux, J.P. Eberhart, Dunod (1997)
  • Traité des matériaux Tome 3 : caractérisation expérimentale des matériaux II, J.L. Martin, A. George, Presses polytechniques et univ. romandes, Lausanne (1998)
  • Traité des matériaux Tome 4 : analyse et technologies des surfaces, H.J. Mathieu, E. Bergmann, R. Gras, Presses polytechniques et univ. romandes, Lausanne (2003)