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Master SERP+ Programme

Material properties and applications


Physical properties of materials: electrical, thermal, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties. Structure-property relationships. Durability, toxicity, biocompatibility, availability, recyclability and price stability. Application of concepts to metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, soft materials and semiconductors. Ionic liquid properties and applications. The effect of material processing on material properties. Useful range of practical applications. Properties and applications of soft materials and biomaterials. Rheological properties of colloids, polymers and liquid crystals.


To provide an advanced understanding of the relationship between:

  1. the molecular structure of materials and their physical properties;
  2. the effect of processing on the bulk and interface properties and morphology;
  3. applicability based on the material functionality, sustainability, durability, toxicity, biocompatibility, availability, recyclability and price stability.

Recommended Books

  • “Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction”, W.D. Callister, 7th ed., New York, John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
  • “Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Materials Science”, B.S. Bokstein, M.I. Mendelev and D.J. Srolovitz, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • “Properties of Materials”, M.A. White, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Teaching Staff

Luis Santos (Course Coordinator)
Eduardo Marques


Lectures: 28 h
Tutorials: 28 h

Grading System

Exam: 50%
Presentations: 50%