Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering


The course intends to introduce relevant and advanced topics within modern functional materials science and engineering, providing a broad and deep understanding of the processing, nature and properties of the most relevant classes of materials with interest for industrial sectors. The course aims also to equip students with critical thinking on how materials can be selected and designed towards final applications, taking into consideration major challenges and sustainability issues.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Miguel Nunes Pereira


Weekly - 3

Total - 56

Teaching language



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Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, William F. Smith - MCGRAW HILL

 Materials – Engineering, Science, Processing and Design, Michael Ashby, Hugh Shercliff and David Cebon - BH

Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction, 5th Edition, William D. Callister, Jr., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1999.

Structure and properties of engineering materials, fifth edition, Henkel and Pense, McGraw Hill, 2002.

Teaching method

The course consists of a theoretical-practical component, with lectures using PowerPoint presentations and laboratory works on topics of the syllabus. Invited experts will also give lectures.

The assessment of the course consists in a written test (50%) and a report that includes all the practical work (50%)

Evaluation method

Two tests (optional) or Exam – average score > 9.5 / 20

Two presentations – average score > 9.5 / 20 (evaluation made by the students and the professor)

FINAL SCORE – 50% tests’ score (or exam’s score) + 50% presentations > 9.5 / 20


Assiduity – Presence in lab classes is mandatory 

Subject matter

Different classes of Engineering materials, key properties and application areas.

Potentialities in nanomaterials.

Processing-microstructure-property relationships.

Overview on advanced manufacturing techniques.

Structural materials. Polymers. Composites.

Biomaterials and healthcare.

Materials for electronics and optoelectronics.

Energy materials.

Nanoscale possibilities and challenges.


Design and simulation supporting selection of materials.

Extraction and Processing. Life cycle and end of life.


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