MSE-231 / 4 crédits

Enseignant: Damjanovic Dragan

Langue: Anglais


Students analyze crystal structures, point defects and phase relations in ceramic materials and understand their effect on electrical, thermal and electromechanical properties. Properties of ceramic materials are investigated experimentally and results analyzed and interpreted.



ceramics; crystal structure; point defects; phase equilibria; conductivity; semiconductor; dielectric; piezoelectric; ferroelectric; electro-mechanical; electrical charaterization;

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

General physics;

General inorganic chemistry;

Mathematical analysis;

Introduction to materials;

Recommended courses

Crystallography and diffraction methods;

Theory of materials I: from structure to properties

Thermodynamics for materials science

Important concepts to start the course

chemical bonds; phase transitions; atomic and electronic structure of materials; thermodynamics; microstructure of materials; symmetry and materials;

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Apply The acquired notions of the dispersion of particulate matter for any application.
  • Produce Acquired the knowledge, skills and practice necessary to produce a ceramic in an industrial environment or a laboratory
  • Choose to produce a ceramic of a particular geometry in connection with an application.
  • Demonstrate the colloidal stability of a suspension using the DLVO theory.
  • Describe the key characteristics of a ceramic powder needed to make a ceramic

Transversal skills

  • Collect data.
  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Take responsibility for health and safety of self and others in a working context.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises in class (3 h) and laboratory work (1 h)

Expected student activities

Attendance of lectures, doing exercises during class and at home, reading written material, discussion in class, doing experimental exercises, writing reports on experimental work and analyzing results

Assessment methods

The final grade is attributed based on the grade of the final written exam (75%) and the average grade of the TP reports (25%).


Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum No



Chiang, Birnie, Kingery: Physical Ceramics; Wiley, NY.

Moulson and Herbert: Electroceramics

Newnham: Properties of Materials: Anisotropy, Symmetry, Structure; Oxford University, Oxford.

Ressources en bibliothèque


Copy of slides presented during lectures; Wriiten text based on lectures; Text for each TP;

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Ceramics, structures and properties + TP
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • TP: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence