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Material Science I

Module CH1205

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Chemistry.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2013

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1SS 2018WS 2013/4SS 2013

Basic Information

CH1205 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 75 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module covers all sections of materials science from the physical and chemical foundations of the substances and materials to the selection of materials, their appropriate use regarding construction requirements and the characterization of building blocks.
The first part of the module covers the physical-chemical basics for a deeper understanding of the material structure, without which properties (covered by the second part of the module) such as tensile strength, corrosion resistance, hardness, ductility, brittleness or anisotropy cannot be understood. Based on the fundamental interactions in solids, the structures and their determination using physical measurement methods are listed. Important aspects of selected substance classes are derived with regard to the application-related relevance in materials science, and their structure-property relations are examined.
Individual contents are:
Introduction: binding forces in the solid
1. The atomic structure of solids (crystal structures, reciprocal space, diffraction and spectroscopic methods)
2. Material classes (metals / alloys, semiconductor compounds, ceramics, oxides, zeolites, polymers, nanomaterials)
3. Physical properties of the materials at the atomic level (mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties

Learning Outcome

After taking part in the module Materials Science I, students understand the physical and chemical structure of materials at the atomic level and know methods to investigate this structure. Furthermore, they are able to identify and characterize the most common material classes in engineering and to define the various physical properties of the materials. They can differentiate between the different substance classes in materials science and classify compounds. By linking the fundamental aspects of the atomic structure, the chemical bond and the substantial chemical contents, the students are able to independently work on and evaluate chemical issues relating to the synthesis, reactivity and stability of materials. After passing the module Materials Science I, students have gained an overview of the structural chemistry of solids and are able to understand relations between structure and symmetry.


Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, which have been taught in the 1st and 2nd semester of the study program: Mathematical Basics 1 and 2, Physics 1 and 2 (Experimental Physics 1 and 2), Chemistry I and II (introduction to chemistry, chemical foundations of inorganic and organic materials).

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Material Science I (for MSE) Fischer, R. Holleitner, A. Mon, 08:15–09:45, virtuell
Wed, 08:15–09:45, virtuell
UE 1 Material Science I, Exercises (for MSE) Fischer, R. Holleitner, A. Mon, 12:15–13:00, virtuell
Mon, 13:15–14:00, virtuell

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a class and an accompanying seminar course. The contents of the class are conveyed as lectures and presentations. Concomitantly, the students should work through a selected textbook, which contributes to further delve into the module’s matter, possibly supplemented by further literature. In the seminar course, the contents of the module are illustrated in practical experiments.


Presentations, videos and board charts


Callister, William D., Materials Science and Engineering, 8th ed., Wiley Desktop Edition 2010; additionally: Askeland, Donald R., Materialwissenschaften, 1. Aufl., Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2010 / The Science and Engineering of Materials, 5th ed., Thomson Learning 2006; Roos, E., Maile, K., Werkstoffe für Ingenieure, 3. Aufl., Springer Verlag 2008; chemical part: English literature: A. Burrows, J. Holman, A. Parsons, G. Pilling, G. Price, Chemistry, Oxford University press 2009, ISBN 978-0-19-927789-6; C. E. Housecroft, E. Constable, Chemistry, Pearson Education Limited Harlow, 3rd ed. 2006, ISBN 978-0-131-27567; P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University press, 4th ed. 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-926463-6; German literature: E. Riedel, Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, de Gruyter, 10. Aufl. 2010, ISBN 978-3-11-022781-9; M. Binnewies, M. Jäckel, H. Willner, G. Rayner-Canham, Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag Heidelberg, 1. Aufl. 2004, ISBN 3-8274-0208-5; U. Müller, Inorganic Structure Chemistry, Whiley, 2nd ed., ISBN 978-0470018651.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The study achievement is attained in the form of a 90-minute written exam. Therein, the students should show that, within limited time and without aids, a problem in the field of materials science can be recognized and routes to a solution can be found. The students demonstrate that they have gained an overview of the structural chemistry of solids and consult the relations between structure and symmetry to solve problems. Some of the answers require own calculations and formulations, others require ticking preset multiple choice answers.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Material Science I (for MSE)
Thu, 2021-08-12, 11:30 till 13:00 0.003
Import till 2021-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2021-08-05)
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