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766667S Modern characterization methods, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766667S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Modern characterization methods  Abbreviation Modern characte 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Wei Cao 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



Not lectured every year.

Learning outcomes 

This course is aiming to give an overview of advances in materials characterization methods. Through the course, students are expect to master basic characterization methods, and correlate observed phenomena to materials properties. Techniques are dedicated to determinations of morphologies and electronic structures of bulk, nano-films as well as free and deposited clusters.


The course will be focused on methods and special requirements on experimental researches in the field of materials science. The lessons and demonstration include principles related to conventional characterization methods, microscopic detections, and the latest synchrotron-radiation-based techniques. Students will be guided to practice laboratory works of the vapor deposit sample growth system, morphological, and electronic structure measurements through SEM and the XPS. The course will also cover introduction to inorganic material growth methods, requirements to select different techniques, and physical insights within materials functionalities.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 24 h, exercises 10 h, 2 laboratory exercises, self-study 118 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the master program degree in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

No specific prerequisites.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Material Characterization techniques, by Sam Zhang, Lin Li, and Ashok Kumar, CRC press (2009); X-ray characterization of materials edited by Eric Lifshin, Wiley-VCH, (1999).

Assessment methods and criteria 

One written examination.
Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Wei Cao

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Modern Characterization methods  Course  Wei Cao  04.01.21 -26.02.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Modern Characterization methods exam  Exam  Wei Cao  03.03.21