PHYS 7430: Introduction to Modern Materials

PHYS 7430: Introduction to Modern Materials

About the Course

This course aims to provide a broad base on properties of modern materials and their applications. Topics cover structure, properties and functionality of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and semiconductors.

Course Syllabus

The course will mainly cover the below topics:

1. Principle Properties of Materials

2. Metals

3. Magnetic materials

4. Low Dimensional Carbon Materials

5. Electronic and Optical Materials

6. Ceramics

7. Thermoelectric material

8. Material for bio-technology

Recommended Background

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge in undergraduate physics.


Suggested Readings

1. James A. Newell, Essentials of Modern Materials Science and Engineering, John Wiley, 2009.

2. William D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, John Wiley, 2007.

3. Wolfram Herqert, Arthur Ernst, Markus Dane, Computational Materials Science: From Basic Principles to Material Properties, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.

4. Others readings to be suggested by course instructor.


Course Format

One evening lecture per week over the course of 12/13 weeks. Each lecture lasts for approximately 3 hours.



1. Continuous Assessment (E.g. Assignment, Quiz, Final Projects including presentation & reports).

2. A two-hour final examination.

When offered

First semester.


For BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal).

For non-BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students).


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