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From material structures to functionalities


Duration : 21 hours

ECTS Credits :

Semester : S9

Person(s) in charge:

Emilie GAUDRY, Associate Professor, 
Jean-François PIERSON, Associate Professor, 
Bertrand LENOIR, Professor,  


Colloids, liquid crystals, quasicrystals , thermoelectric materials, thin layers


Physic of solids, Crystallography



Program and Contents:

 Since the late twentieth century, many innovative applications have emerged, linked to the discovery of materials at the atomic scale with a novel structure as compared to conventional solid (quasicrystals, liquid crystals ...). The dimensionality and size of objects has also evolved during this period, both theoretically and experimentally. The first part of the course illustrates the relationship between atomic structure and the macroscopic properties of original materials. The second part focuses on thin film materials.

  • Part 1: Definition of order in condensed matter
    - Self-assembling systems, colloidal systems
    - Liquid crystals
    - Quasicrystals
    - Metal alloys for thermoelectric applications

  • Part 2: Thin coatings
    After a presentation of the processes for preparing coatings by vapor deposition (CVD and
    PVD), the contribution of thin films on the functionality of the materials will be discussed.
    The application sectors surveyed represent mechanics, optics, energy and microelectronics.




Description and operational verbs


The development of innovative technologies requires the use of materials with new


These arise mainly from an atomic structure that differs from the perfect
crystal, combined with a specific chemical composition or a distinctive microstructure


Both the synthesis processes of these materials and their functionality


Analyse the relationship between atomic structure and the macroscopic

properties of original materials


The aim of this course is to teach the basics for understanding some of these innovative technologies (LCDs, fuel cells...),


The course assessment will consist of test


  • Written Test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral Report
  • Project
  • Written Report
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