9360-0105/02 – Introduction to materials science (UNoM)

Gurantor departmentCNT - Nanotechnology CentreCredits4
Subject guarantorIng. Karla Čech Barabaszová, Ph.D. Paed.IGIPSubject version guarantorIng. Karla Čech Barabaszová, Ph.D. Paed.IGIP
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2010/2011Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesHGF, FAST, USP, FSIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
BAR31 Ing. Karla Čech Barabaszová, Ph.D. Paed.IGIP
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

In introductory course the students are acquaint with the basic types of materials (metals, semiconductors, composites, ceramics, polymers), fundamental properties and their application fields.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


The course is divided into two parts, where the emphasis is on basic types of materials (metals, semiconductors, composites, ceramics, polymers) and their fundamental properties. In the first part of the course provides an overview of the structure and microstructure, physical, mechanical, electrical and other properties of materials. In the second part is devoted to the use of different types of materials in the industry and new technologies. Emphasis will be placed on the use of these materials in the areas of research and development of nanomaterials and their practical use.

Compulsory literature:

DAVIS, Joseph D. Metals Handbook, Desk Edition, ASM International, 1998. ISBN 0871706547. BULLINGER, H.-J. Technology Guide. Principels-Application-Trends. Springer, London, 2009. ISBN 978-3-540-88545-0. ELSSNER, Gerhard et al. Ceramics and Ceramic Composites. Materialographic Preparation. Elseviere Imprint, 1999, ISBN 978-0-444-10030-6. HULL, Daniel. An Introduction to composite materials, Cambridge, 1990. ISBN 9780521388559.

Recommended literature:

RAO, C.N.R, et al. The Chemistry of Nanomaterials, Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Willey-VCH Weinheim, 2008. ISBN 3527306862. SCHEFFLER, Michael and Paolo COLOMBO. Cellular Ceramics. Wiley-VCH, 2005. ISBN 978352731204.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Semester work


Other requirements

For this subject are not the requirements for the student.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction - metals, metalloids and semimetals. Alloys. 2. Structure properties of materials I. - crystal structures and structure defects of metals and metals alloys. 3. Structure properties of materials II. - phase diagrams and phase transformations. Thermodynamics of metals. 4. Mechanical properties of material - tensile test, impact test, bending test, hardness tests. Creep. 5. Constructional materials - Fe-C phase diagrams. Chemical and structure transformations. Steels and their properties. 6. Metal alloys I. - Cu, Al alloys - properties and applications. 7. Metal alloys II. - Ni alloys - properties and applications. Hight-melting alloys (Ti, W, Nb et al.) - properties and applications. 8. Metal alloys III. – Intermetallic compounds and their applications. Biocompatible materials, functionally gradient materials. Biocompatible intermetalic compounds, characterization and application. 9. Amorphous and polymer materials – glass characteristics, physical and chemical properties. Special glasses. 10. Materials with electromagnetic properties. Metallic glass, magnetic materials and superconductors. 11. Ceramic materials. 12. Composite materials. 13. Natural materials. 14. Semiconductors – preparation technologies, physical properties and characterization. Semiconductors structures. Theoretical exercise: 1. Introduction – semester work and project assignment. 2. Crystallography – basic crystallographic lattice, determination crystallography direction and planes. 3. Equilibrium diagrams of binary and ternary – characterization and phase transformations. 4. Mechanical properties of materials. 5. Polymer materials – polymer reaction, application in industry. 6.-7. Presentation of semester work. Consultation.

Conditions for subject completion

Conditions for completion are defined only for particular subject version and form of study

Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2019/2020 (B3942) Nanotechnology (3942R001) Nanotechnology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2018/2019 (B3942) Nanotechnology (3942R001) Nanotechnology P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
USP 2018/2019 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block
USP 2017/2018 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block
USP 2016/2017 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block
USP 2015/2016 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block