MSE-238 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Liebi Marianne, Sorin Fabien

Language: English


Introduction to materials structure including crystallography, the structure of amorphous materials such as glasses, polymers and biomaterials as well as the basics of characterization techniques.


This course gives an introduction to materials structure with a first part on crystallography, followed by the study of the structure of amorphous materials such as glasses, polymers and biomaterials. We will also discuss the basics of characterization techniques for crystalline and amorphous structures, in particular diffraction and scattering techniques.

  • Crystallography
  • Glasses and liquid crystal
  • Polymers
  • Polymer composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Structural characterization of materials, including scattering and diffraction


Material structure, crystallography, amorphous materials, polymers, structure characterization, diffraction, scattering

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Introduction to Materials Science

Analysis 1, 2 and 3

Linear Algebra 1General Chemistry

Teaching methods

Lectures (2h) and Exercises (1h)

The nature of the exercises will vary, depending on the topic at hand.

Assessment methods

written exam


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No


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In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structure of materials
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: mandatory

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