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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


In general, the lecture "Material Science" (MS1 & MS2) discusses all subdomains of materials sciences starting with physical and chemical basics of matter resp. materials up to the selection of materials, their design-specific application and the characterisation of construction elements.
MS1 covers the physical and chemical basics necessary to understand the structure of materials and their properties such as tensile strength, corrosion resistance, hardness, ductility, brittleness and anisotropy. Based on fundamental interactions in solids the structural features and the structure determination by phyicochemical methods will be explained. Major aspects of selected substance classes will be discussed with the focus on the technical relevance in Materials Science and its Structure-Property relations.
Topics of the lecture:
Introduction: Binding forces in solids
1. Atomic structure of solids (crystal structures, reciprocal lattice, diffraction and spectroscopic techniques)
2. Classes of materials (metals/alloys, compound semiconductors, ceramics, oxides, zeolites, polymers,nanomaterials)
3. Atomic-scale physical Properties of materials(mechanical, thermal, electrical, magneticand optical properties)

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module Material Science I the students understand the physical and chemical structure of materials on an atomic scale and know methods to examin it. Furthermore, the students are able to identify and characterise the classes of materials that are commonly used in engineering as well as define the different physical properties of materials. They are able to differ the different substance classes in Materials Science and they can classify compounds based on their knowlegde. Students are able to answer questions to the synthesis, reactivity and stabiltiy of materials based on the interconnection between the atomic strucutre odf solids, the chemical bonding and the basic knowlegde in materials chemisty. After visiting the lecture Materials Science I the students are ready to discuss structural features and are able to understand structure (and symmetry)-property relations of solids.


Fundamentals of mathematics, physics and chemistry that are taught in the first and second semester of "Engineering Science": Mathematical basics 1 and 2 (Linear Algebra, Analysis), Experiamental Physics 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2 (Basic chemistry 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 lecture and exercises. The knowledge of the lecture is imparted by talks and presentations. The students should read an accompanying textbook which can be supplemented by additional literature. In the practical, the content of the lecture is demonstrated in practical tests.


The media used in the lecture are: presentations, videos, blackboard sketches.


As textbook: Callister, William D.:Materials Science and Engineering, 8th Ed., Wiley Desktop Edition 2010 (ebook); additional: Askeland, Donald R., The Science and Engineering of Materials, 5th Ed., Thomson Learning 2006 ; Roos, E. und Maile, K., Werkstoffe für Ingenieure, 3. Aufl., Springer-Verlag 2008; Chemical section: Englisch literaure: 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 edition 2006, ISBN 978-0-131-27567; P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University press, 4th edition 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-926463-6; German literature: E. Riedel, Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, de Gruyter, 10. Auflage 2010, ISBN 978-3-11-022781-9; M. Binnewies, M. Jäckel, H. Willner, G. Rayner-Canham Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, Spektrum Akademische Verlag Heidelberg, 1. Auflage 2004, ISBN 3-8274-0208-5; U. Müller, Inorganic Structure Chemistry, Whiley,Second Edition, ISBN 978-0470018651

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The written exam at the end of the semester covers the knowledge aquired in the lecture and Exercises.

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)
Tue, 2021-03-23, 11:30 till 13:00 MW: 1250
MW: 1801
PH: 2501
Import till 2021-01-24 (cancelation of registration till 2021-02-12)
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