The aim of this five-day course is to introduce the principles of the most popular materials characterisation methods based on microscopy, chemical, physical and structural analysis and thermal techniques. Consideration will also be given to the analysis of particulate materials and coatings. The basic principles used for the physical characterisation of materials will be outlined; microscopy by light, electrons and scanned probes will be introduced; and the readily available bulk characterisation methods such as diffraction, X-ray analysis and vibrational spectroscopies will be described. Surface analysis by electron and ion spectroscopies will also form an important part of the course. Particular emphasis will be paid to the use of a variety of methods in multi-technique approaches for the characterisation of advanced materials.
The course will be staffed by lecturers with considerable experience in materials characterisation. The programme will comprise lectures, laboratory demonstrations, computer simulations and exercise classes with the course tutors.