At the end of the course
1 The student can explain the meaning of the following concepts used in the description of material properties and the related physics phenomena (knowledge):
1) Mechanical properties – mechanical failure; ductile/brittle deformation; intra/intergranular; resilience/toughness; Griffith crack model; stress concentration factor; crack propagation; DBTT; fatigue limit; creep; strain rate; time to rupture; Weibull model
2) Thermal properties – heat capacity, thermal expansion, contributions to thermal conductivity – relation with material class; 1D thermal diffusion equation; phonons as carrier of heat; phonon dispersion diagram – optical, acoustic branches, phonon velocity; thermoelectricity (Seebeck, Peltier effect)
3) Dielectric properties  capacitor; permittivity; susceptibility; dielectric displacement; polarization/polarizability; ClausiusMossotti equation; electronic/ionic/orientational/ space charge polarization; LorentzLorenz relation; (relation between) piezo/pyro/ferro/antiferroelectricity; potential energy of ferroelectric; ferroelectric hysteresis loop/ saturation/remanent polarization/coercive field
4) Electronic properties – macroscopic electronic properties: Ohm’s law; contributions to and temperature dependence of conductivity/resistivity; free electron gas model and its banddiagram; density of states; Fermi energy, Fermi surface; FermiDirac distribution function and role in banddiagram; relation between atomic orbitals and orbital overlap and different bands in electron energy diagram; conduction/valence bands in banddiagram and electron/hole conduction cause of bandgap; direct/indirect bandgap; relation banddiagram with metallic, semiconducting, insulating character of materials; effect of applied electric field on band occupation; intrinsic/extrinsic semiconductor; carrier concentration and relation with conductivity; functioning of pn junction, LED in terms of banddiagram; DOS of lower dimensional nanostructures;
5) Electrochemistry: redox reactions, galvanic cells, batteries, corrosion, electrolysis, electrocatalysis, Pourbaixdiagrams
2 can explain the (non) presence and strength of a specific material property in relation to the atomic and/or larger scale crystal structure (grain size) – (comprehension).
3 knows the meaning of symbols used in formulas that describe material properties – (knowledge)
4 can apply formulas that relate parameters that describe material properties to parameters that describe the material structure to calculate/estimate values or to explain material parameters from microscopic properties (such as types of atoms, crystal lattice)  (application)
5 can interpret measurement results/graphs and extract values of parameters from these graphs – (application)
6 can apply the concepts to analyse and explain new measurement data or situations – (analysis)
7 can evaluate of the validity of the analysis: can give an appreciation of the limitations of the models learned in relation to a new situation – (evaluation)
8 can apply concepts to construct an explanation/model description of observations on material properties in relation to structural properties
