This course provides a general overview of different techniques for crystallographic, microstructural and chemical analysis characterisation of materials. These are specialised techniques students can seldom get access to. Therefore it is important to make better known the equipments that can be used and the possible applications to specific needs in their professional/research career.
The methodology will be developed with respect to:
- Specialised researchers lectures, with audiovisual support. During these sessions, a detailed description of experimental techniques of structural and surface characterisation of materials will be given. Also, physical and chemical concepts and principles needed for the understanding of the techniques under study and for the analysis of experimental results will be introduced.
- Reading and critical analysis of scientific publications recommended by the lecturer.
- Gathering, interpretation and discussion of results from laboratory session activities, either individually or in a group.
- Experimental results processing, under the teacher supervision, using appropriate research techniques and equipment.
- Completion of reasoned reports on the experiments developed at the laboratory.
The formative activities this methodology will be used in include lecture and practical sessions, laboratory practice activities (in situ sessions), weekly tutoring sessions, work in groups or pairs and individual work.