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Energy Materials 2

Module PH2207

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 2020 (current)

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
SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017WS 2014/5

Basic Information

PH2207 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer 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 PH2207 is Aliaksandr Bandarenka.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module has a specific focus on identification, design and characterization of functional materials for energy applications. 


  • Nanostructured materials, their role in energy conversion and storage, design principles
  • Magnetic materials in energy conversion
  • Porous vs dense solids in energy applications
  • Materials for hydrogen storage
  • Transparent electron conductors and their applications in energy conversion
  • Key techniques and methodologies for identification and characterisation of energy materials
  • Superconductors: towards future energy applications
  • Piezoelectric materials

Learning Outcome

Rather than dealing with the physical and chemical basics of energy conversion and storage, the module will focus on particular classes of functional materials used in this field and explain their important properties in terms of specific functionality.

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

  • assess the most important classes of materials in the field of energy science
  • explain the design principles to control their functionality
  • name factors which determine the performance of functional materials for energy applications
  • analyse and compare characterisation and identification techniques and methodologies widely used in energy material science.


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

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Energy Materials 2 Bandarenka, A. Fri, 14:00–16:00, virtuell

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures with PowerPoint presenations 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 2 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


  • U. Simon: In Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application, Wiley-VCH, (2004); p 328.

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:

  • Using energy diagrams, explain why oxide materials can have high electronic conductivity but remain transparent. Name state-of-the art materials.
  • Polycrystalline piezoelectric ceramics: what are the design principles?
  • What are the main steps in the process of hydrogenation? What is their impact for reversibility of the process?

Exam Repetition

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

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