ECTS Credits: 4



After defining material chemistry, this course aims at presenting fundamental principles underlying this science. Basic synthesis and reaction chemistry will be described and usual material characterization techniques will be presented.

Macroscopic characteristics are illustrated on dedicated examples, and target-oriented material selection is discussed.



Part 1  -The three families of materials

  1. The polymers
    1. Different types of polymers
    2. Atomic architecture
    3. Physical properties
    4. Mechanical properties
  2. The ceramics
    1. General properties of ceramics
    2. Traditional ceramics
    3. Technical ceramics
    4. Refractory ceramics
    5. Glasses
    6. Graphite
    7. Cements
  3.  Metals and alloys
    1. General properties
    2. Ferrous alloys
    3. Aluminum alloys
    4. Titanium alloys
    5. Magnesium alloys
    6. Superalloys


Part 2 - Examples of material properties: test principles and intrinsic properties

  1.  Mechanical properties: stiffness and strength
  2. Physical properties: density
  3. Thermal properties: thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity; 
  4. Material selection: method and objective
    1. Optimization: cost function, constraint, free variable
    2. Performance index
    3. Selection issue and design solution