Phelma Formation 2022

Materials Characterization - 5PMNCAR0

  • 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


Chap I – Radiation-matter interactions

  • Principles
  • X ray-matter interaction
  • Electron-matter interaction
  • Ion-matter interaction

Chap II – X ray, electrons, ions : production and detection

  • Production techniques of particles
  • Detection techniques of particles

Chap III – Photonic based characterisation techniques

  • Diffraction techniques : XRD, XRR
  • Spectrometric techniques : XRF, EXAFS, XPS, Raman

Chap IV- Electronic based characterisation techniques

  • Electron Microscopy and associated techniques: SEM, EBSD, EBIC, TEM, EDS/WDS
  • Other techniques: CL, AES, LEED, RHEED

Chap V- Ion based characterisation techniques

  • Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS)
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS)


Cristallography, diffraction


Written exam (2 h)

Devoir écrit en présentiel (1 h) + Controle continue
Session 2 pareil que session 1

Additional Information

Curriculum->Engineering degree->Semester 9
Curriculum->Double-Diploma Engineer/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)