Materials Chemistry


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purposes of the course are to introduce both fundamental chemical principles of materials and nano-materials, and main methods for developing, optimizing, post-treating and characterizing materials regarding different physical and chemical performances.

The focus will be placed on the relation between chemical composition, structure and properties. The course will introduce the current status of materials and nano-materials technologies.

Materials chemistry focuses on the fundamental principles and applications of both conventional and advanced inorganic materials. The course is divided into the following two parts.

  1. General inorganic materials chemistry and characterization of inorganic materials (e.g., glass chemistry, ceramic chemistry, metal chemistry, cement industry)

  2. Chemistry of organic and inorganic nano-materials (e.g., thin films, nano-crystals and –particles, nanotubes, mesoporous materials, nano wires, etc.).

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • explain the fundamental principles of materials chemistry and how it relates to practical use
  • explain different application areas of materials and ways to optimize the production process of materials


  • prepare, synthesize and modify materials to reach target properties using theoretical and practical knowledge in materials chemistry
  • design, synthesize, and produce nanostructured materials with given properties.
  • characterize conventional materials and nano-materials

Type of instruction

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops
  • Excercises (individually and in groups) 


Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examMaterials Chemistry
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMaterialekemi
Module codeK-KEM-K1-20
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science