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The master course in Materials Science and Engineering requires a bachelor degree in a field of natural sciences or techniques.

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Materials Science

  • models of atoms, Schrödinger equation and principles of quantum theory, bonding, concept of potential wells
  • perfect crystals: formal description, important lattices
  • real crystals: defects in crystals, types of defects, interaction of defects
  • thermodynamic equilibrium: types of equilibrium, 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics, statistical interpretation of the entropy, applications to point defects
  • kinetics: reaction rates and Boltzmann factor, phenomenological diffusion and atomic mechanisms
  • mechanical properties I: stress and strain, phenomenological description of deformation, brittle behavior and fracture
  • mechanical properties II: mechanisms of plastic deformation, dislocation movement and multiplication, theory of yield strength
  • structural and mechanical properties of amorphous materials and polymers
  • general structural properties, modulus of elasticity, viscose and inelastic behavior, deformation and fracture
  • aging and failure of materials: mechanisms in general, fatigue and creep, corrosion, electromigration and special mechanisms
  • electronic properties in general, electronic properties and materials science.
  • electrons in crystals: classical theory, Hall effect, quantum description, free electron gas model, density of states, Fermi distribution and Fermi energy, properties of the free electron gas
  • diffraction in crystals: basic consideration of diffraction in crystals, Bragg law, reciprocal lattice and Ewald construction, intensity of the diffracted waves
  • electrons in a periodic potential: Free electron gas plus Bragg law, Brillouin construction of diffraction, band structures and electronic properties, band-band transitions and standard representation of semiconductor band structures
  • semiconductors: intrinsic conductivity, conductivity as a function of temperature, the concept of holes, doping and extrinsic conductivity
  • semiconductor contacts: surface states, space charge region, p-n-junction, currents and current-voltage characteristics, recombination and diffusion current





  • real and complex numbers, complete induction, sets, functions. Series of real numbers, convergence, Cauchy series
  • steadiness, theorems on continuous functions, polynoms, nulls, rational functions
  • inverse functions: exponential functions and logarithms, trigonometric functions, hyperbola functions
  • differential calculus: characteristics of differentiable functions and differentiation rules, derivatives of basic functions, median theorem, extrema, Taylor’s and L 'Hospital’s rules
  • integral calculus: antiderivative, indefinite integrals, substitutional rules, partial integration, factoring of polynomials, Riemann integrals, examples of continuous and monoton functions, main clause of differential and integral calculus.
  • indefinite integrals: gamma function, Stirling’s formula
  • infinite series: criterions on convergence, power series, monotonous convergence, differentiation and integration of individual terms, examples on Taylor series, criteria of convergence with respect to Fourier series  
  • arc length, curvature, convergence criteria; power series, uniform convergence, differentiation and integration by segments, examples for Taylor series
  •  Fourier series: questions of convergence, Bessel's inequality 
  • Taylor's formula 
  • extrema of functions in several variables, least squares method, Lagrange multipliers
  • integration in Rn: integral over domains, iterated integrals (Fubini), volume, substitution rule: polar and spherical coordinates



  • Euclidean vector spaces in R2, R3: vectors, scalar product, matrices, linear maps in R2, vector product in R3
  • analytic geometry in R2, R3 vector spaces: linear independence, basis, dimension, linear maps and matrices, rank
  • linear systems of equations: solvability, Gauss' algorithm, L-R-factorization, inverse matrix, Cramer's rule
  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, characteristic polynomial, scalar product and norm, Schwarz inequality
  • Legendre polynomials, orthogonal and unitary maps 
  • linear transformations: eigenvalues and eigenvectors of symmetric and orthogonal matrices, quadratic forms
  • some topology in Rn: open, closed, tangent plane, directional derivative, special partial derivatives, gradient, direction of maximum slope




Inorganic Chemistry

  • periodic system of elements, names, periodic properties, electron configuration
  • usage of the elements and their compounds
  • atomic structure, crystals, amorphous materials
  • chemical bond types, covalent, ionic, metallic, van-der-Waals
  • reactivity of chemical element, redox potential, oxidation, reduction
  • simple inorganic synthesis
  • acids and bases, strength, order
  • pH value, neutralization, titration
  • chemical equilibrium
  • indicators
  • basic chemical analysis

Organic Chemistry

  • alkane, alkene, alkyne
  • alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, acids
  • cyclic molecules, hetero structures, amoatics
  • nucleophile, electrophile substitution and addition
  • common reactions
  • polymerisation, reactions, modes, usage
  • nomenclature
  • basics of stereo chemistry, chirality, stereo selectivity
  • basics of natural products chemistry

Physical Chemistry

  • ideal and real gases
  • fundamentals of the kinetic theory of gases
  • thermodynamic state variables
  • laws of thermodynamics
  • chemical transformations
  • thermochemistry
  • phase transition and equilibrium
  • multicomponent systems
  • phase diagrams
  • chemical equilibrium
  • fundamentals of equilibrium electrochemistry



  • Fundamentals of physics with a special emphasise on classical mechanics, electricity, optics and acoustics
  • Introduction into physics of atoms, molecules, nuclei, elementary particles
  • Basics of solid state physics