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Energy Materials 1

Module PH2201

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 WS 2021/2

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 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9SS 2014

Basic Information

PH2201 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 30 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2201 in the version of WS 2021/2 was Aliaksandr Bandarenka.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad overview over functional materials currently employed or investigated for the energy provision, conversion and storage. Rather than dealing with the physical and chemical basics of energy conversion and storage, the module will focus on the many diverse materials used in this field and explain their important properties in terms of specific functionality and quantitative figures of merit.


  • Fuels: energy content, production, price, sustainability
  • Materials for energy conversion
  • Materials for fuel cells (membranes, anodes, cathodes, catalysts)
  • Photovoltaic materials (semiconductors, thin films, materials for sensitization)
  • Photocatalytic materials
  • Materials for energy storage: batteries, supercapacitors
  • Environmental aspects: availability, recycling and life-cycle assessment of energy materials.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module, the students are able to:

  • identify the most important materials in the field of energy science
  • explain the working principles of energy conversion and storage devices (batteries, fuel cells, solar cells supercapacitors etc)
  • name factors which determine the performance of functional materials for these devices
  • analyse and evaluate pros and cons for future viability of functional materials for energy provision, conversion and storage


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master's program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures with PowerPoint presenatations and animations, seminars (master students), presentations

The students are supposed to read literature, which is provided in the lecture slides and TUM Moodle system, as there are no exercise classes attributed to these lectures.

The students can however visit complimentary seminars on Energy Materials 1 after the lectures.


- PowerPoint presentations with incorporated animations.
- interactive discussions and explanations using the black board.
- lecture PDFs with the links to the relevant literature are available before and after the lecture in TUM Moodle.

- Key literature including relevant journal publications are available at TUM Moodle in the sections corresponding to the particular lectures


  • B. Dunn, H. Kamath,  J.M. Tarascon: Electrical Energy Storage for the Grid: A Battery of Choices, Science (2011), 334 (6058), 928-935.
  • P.C. Vesborg, T.F. Jaramillo: Addressing the Terawatt Challenge: Scalability in the Supply of Chemical Elements for Renewable Energy, RSC Adv. (2012), 2 (21), 7933-7947.

The literature to this lecture is based on the scientific research articles referred to in the lecture slides and partly available at TUM Moodle in the sections corresponding to the particular lectures.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • What are the scaling relations in heterogeneous catalysis and what is the physical origin of this phenomenon?
  • What is a typical origin of high ionic conductivity in solids? What is the mechanism of proton conductivity in solid state proton conductors?
  • What are ionic liquids? Analyze their possible prospective roles in energy science.
  • What are the working principles of supercapacitors? Name state of the art functional materials for these devices.
  • Explain the working principles of dye-sensitized solar cells and perovskite solar cells. Name state of the art functional materials for these devices.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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