Research in materials chemistry aims at design and control of the relationships between structure, composition, processing and properties of all materials. The rapid evolution of our ability to probe and observe materials at very small length scales together with the development of novel (micro and nano) fabrication methods now give us the possibility to integrate atomic and molecular-level design with new and improved approaches for assembly and structural design at larger length-scales. The Master´s programme in Materials Chemistry will build on our strength in solid-state chemistry, which will be utilized in courses that introduce the students to versatile materials synthesis strategies. The design of nano-structured materials from novel combinations of molecular building blocks, templating molecules, nano-particles and various functional molecules is a running theme in several of the courses where a deep understanding of the structure-property relations at all length-scales is of pivotal importance.
The first compulsory course given in the program is an introduction to materials chemistry and characterisation techniques. This introduction treats the synthesis and characterisation of inorganic based materials. A number of important characterisation methods will be introduced and used in the experimental part of the course. The following compulsory courses contain i) crystal structure determination by diffraction techniques, and ii) the relation between crystal structure symmetry and properties. This relation is a common theme throughout the programme.
After these three compulsory courses you can freely chose between topics within the programme. The programme ends with a degree thesis project of 30, 45 or 60 ECTS-credits.