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Chemistry of Materials

Code 16013
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7
Workload PL(15H)/T(40H)/TP(15H)
Scientific area Industrial Chemistry
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes Acquire adequate knowledge on the main materials of technological interest: metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite and nanomaterial materials.
Know the structure, function, properties and applicability of different materials, identify the properties of materials that add technological and industrial value and relate them to their physical-chemical basis and structure.
Know techniques for characterizing the various types of materials.
1. Introduction: Classification of materials and importance in today's society
2. Amorphous and crystalline solids. Structural characterization techniques of crystalline materials (X-ray diffraction/Bragg's law).
2.1. Glass and Ceramic Materials. Preparation methods, composition, characteristics and applications.
2.2. Metallic Materials: Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Steels and cast irons: Fe-C diagram. Electrical properties of materials/band theory.
2.3. Properties of nanomaterials and methods of preparation. Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes.
3. Polymers
3.1. Introduction to polymers
3.2. Structure, properties and characterization of polymers
3.3. Polymerization and copolymerization processes
3.3.1 By steps
3.3.2 By chain reaction
3.3.3 Via coordination complexes

Preparation and characterization of:
- Ceramic materials
- Commercially important polymers.
Main Bibliography Main Bibliograph:

- W. Smith (2006) Princípios de Ciência e Engenharia dos Materiais, 3ª ed. McGraw-Hill
- S. E. Dann (2000) Reactions and Characterization of solids, Royal Society of Chemistry
- A. Cavaleiro (2004) Quimica Inorgânica Básica,3ª ed. Universidade de Aveiro
- D. Vollath (2008) Nanomaterials: An Introduction to Synthesis, Characterization and Processing, WileyVCH, Weinheim, Germany
- M. P. Stevens (1999) Polymer Chemistry - An Introduction” Oxford University Press, 3rd. ed., New York.
- A. Ravve (2012) “Princípios de Química de Polímeros”, Springer.
- Jorge Hadian (2004) Princípios de Polimerização”. 4ª Edição. Ed. John Wiley & Sons.
- Robert J. Young, Peter A. Lovell (2011) Introdução aos Polímeros”. 3ª Edição. Ed. CRC Press.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical classes are semi-magisterial in nature. With a view to promoting the relationship between the subjects and highlighting the interest and presence of the various types of materials in society, the teacher uses examples of application of different types of materials in different fields, requiring and encouraging the participation of students. The laboratory classes are experimental in nature and the student, based on the protocol, prepares, performs and analyzes the results of the synthesis and characterization of some ceramic and polymeric materials. Students also carry out a monograph/seminar on a material, which is presented orally and discussed.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-16

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