Physical methods for matter characterisation

Course Director(s): Jean-Paul Viricelle

General Description

This course is for students wishing to acquire broad basic knowledge of characterisation techniques for compact and pulverulent solids. It will allow them to define analysis needs to ensure quality and correct property use of “products”, related to the fields of materials science and process engineering.


Links between course units

The course is composed of 3 complementary units :

Unit 1: "Light-matter interaction" (13h30) reviews the physical principles used in several methods of matter characterisation, which are detailed in Units 2 and 3.

Unit 2: “Morphological and structural analyses” (13h30) will describe the principle methods of characterising the structure of matter (X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy ..) by combining a physics approach (principles) with an instrumental approach (equipment, performance, cost).

Unit 3: “Physico-chemical analyses” (12h), with an approach similar to Unit 2, will describe the analysis methods for powders and materials to provide a characterisation of their functional properties (elementary surface analysis, specific surfaces, porosity, thermal stability ..).

Orientations / Associations with other courses

This course, offering the acquisition of technological bases for piloting projects in the field of powders and compact solids, can constitute a useful support for field related Majors (Process engineering, Materials Science, Bio-medical and Healthcare engineering).

Key words

Light-matter interaction, structural analysis, DRX, MET, MEB, surface analysis, thermal analysis, BET, porosimetry