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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 2017

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 2022SS 2021SS 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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2207 in the version of SS 2017 was Aliaksandr Bandarenka.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Despite this module can be considered as a continuation of the WS “Energy Materials I” course, it is also an independent module with a specific focus on identification, design and characterization of functional materials for energy applications. While the WS “Energy Materials I” course mainly deals with the materials particularly applicable in energy provision/storage devices involving (interfacial) charge separation, this module aims to provide a broader overview.


·         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 should: (i) have an up-to-date knowledge of important classes of materials in the field of energy science, (ii) explain the design principles to control their functionality, (iii) name factors which determine the performance of functional materials for energy applications, (iv) analyse and compare characterisation and identification techniques and methodologies widely used in energy material science.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Energy Materials 2 Bandarenka, A. Fri, 14:00–16:00, CH 26411

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

Exam Repetition

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

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