• Introduction to Materials Physics


    This two week long intensive block course (B.Phy.1531) is offered between the winter and summer semesters. It applies the knowledge obtained in the Einführung in die Festkörperphysik (B.Phy.1521) and Statistische Physik (B.Phy.1204) to understanding the structure, properties and dynamic behavior of the materials we use in our everyday lives.


    The students will gain an understanding of the different materials classes that we use in everyday life, including: how properties of materials are determined by their atomic scale structure, which driving forces determine the structure of equilibrium phases, and how kinetic processes control phase transformations and the dynamics of non-equilibrium processes.


    Topics: crystal defects, disordered systems, impurities, crystalline mixtures and alloys, phase diagrams, phase transformations, diffusion, kinetics, materials selection, structure-property relations.


    Further information on this course is available here UniVZ



  • Materialphysik I: Mikrostruktur- Eigenschaftsbeziehungen


    Contents and topics:


    Part I: Basic concepts of structure-property relations and defects (4 lectures)



    • Why defects are essential for understanding properties of solids.

    • How crystal symmetry simplifies the description of crystals and defects.

    • How crystal symmetry simplifies the description of properties.

    • How the concept of stress and strain can be extended to defects.


     Part II: Topology, thermodynamics and properties of defects (6 lectures)



    • How can we describe point defects, dislocation, and interfaces from the topological viewpoint?

    • How can we calculate the energies required to form these defects?

    • How do these defects influence the equilibrium (like specific heat) and the non-equilibrium (like transport) properties of matter?


     Part III: Microstructure and mechanical properties (3 lectures)



    • Which are the basic concepts of mechanical properties?

    • How defect interactions influence the mechanical properties.

    • How mechanical properties can depend on time.


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  • Aktuelle Materialforschung auf der Nanometer-Skala



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  • Current topics in electrochemical materials science


    Seminar (M.MaW.301.Mp, M.Phy.411.Mp, M.Phy.413.Mp, M.Phy.576.Mp)


    Concept: This is an active seminar! You will select an electrochemical topic of your choice and present an introduction to your peers. I encourage the inclusion of short activities such as quizzes or short calculations for the audience. Your presentation must be concluded by three questions to initiate a discussion with the other students. The teacher will add to this discussion and provide additional context, concepts and classifications. The number of participants is limited because only one topic can be presented per meeting. If you would like to attend without a presentation, please send an email to the teacher (Dr. Marcel Risch, mrisch@gwdg.de).


    Learning objectives: You will deepen your basic knowledge of topics in electrochemical materials science with relevance to your research interests and critical evaluation of relevant literature.


    prerequisites: Basic knowledge of solid state and materials physics, e.g., given by attendance of the lectures introduction to solid state physics or materials physics; basic knowledge of electrochemistry is preferred, e.g., given by attendance of "Materials and Mechanisms for Renewable Energy". Knowledge of thermodynamics, is expected.


    Intended audience: Master students in (Materials) Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science.


    Participant limit: max. 10 students due to the activities.


    Further information on this course is available here UniVZ