Group laboratory work to solve problems in the area of characterization of (nano)materials and surfaces with particular focus on:
- Identification of strategies to solve the problem proposed.
- Planning the experiments.
- Sample collection and treatment.
- Physico-chemical characterization.
- Optimization of experimental parameters.
- Characterization of the (nano)material / surface (by analysis of elements/compounds, functional group, texture, structure, morphology, physical properties, chemical reactivity etc.) and eventual study of interferences.
- Report writing.
- Presentation and critical discussion of results.
This course unit aims to provide students with the development of their laboratory work skills to solve problems / challenges in specific areas of the physico-chemical characterization of (nano)materials and surfaces, using a project-based learning (PBL) methodology. The PBL course will enable the students to develop a research project which will allow them to have an integrated view of the characterization processes and encourage them to participate in the all steps of the work planning (including the definition of sampling strategy, transport and sample conservation, choice of instrumental methods, sample treatment, collection and treatment of experimental data, critical discussion of the results and writing of the final report).
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