Module Notes
Faculty Member (Members):
Undergraduate, 5th Semester (3rd Year, Fall)
Module Category: Compulsory Modules
Module Type: Core Chemical Engineering
Teaching Language: English/Greek
Course Code: CHM_381
Credits: 4
ECTS Credits: 6
Teaching Type: Lectures (3h/W) Τutorial (2h/W)
Module Availability on Erasmus Students: Yes
Course URL: E-Class (CMNG2113)
Module Details

Know the fundamental science and engineering principles relevant to materials.

Understand the relationship between nano/microstructure, characterization, properties and processing and design of materials.

Have the fundamental experimental and computational skills as engineers in materials.

To  be able to apply general math, science and engineering skills to the solution of engineering problems.

To be able to apply core concepts in Materials Science to solve engineering problems.

To be able to select materials for design and construction.

Possess the skills and techniques necessary for modern materials engineering practice.

There are no prerequisites for this module. Students should have basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.


Materials Science description. The Era of Materials. The Greatest Materials Moments. Environmental and Other Effects. Examples

Atomic Structure and Bonding

Atomic bonding. Periodic table of elements. Atomic bonding and properties of Materials. Intermetallic Compounds. Examples.

Atomic and Ionic Arrangements.

Crystal structure. Atomic arrangements. Structure of metals. FCC, HCP, BCC structures. Structure of ceramics. Points, Directions, and Planes in the Unit Cell. Allotropic or Polymorphic Transformations. Examples

Imperfections in Solids

Dislocations. Point defects. Grain boundaries. Examples.

Atomic movement

Diffusion. Diffusion Mechanisms. Steady-State Diffusion. Nonsteady-State Diffusion. 1st and 2nd Fick’s laws. Examples.

Phase (equilibrium) diagrams

Introduction. Phases. Microstructure. Phase equilibria.  Isomorphic and Eutectic binary alloys. Eutectic, eutectoid, peritictic reactions. Phase rule (Gibbs).  The iron–carbon system. Examples.

Phase Transformations

The Kinetics of Solid-State Reactions. Benite. Martensite.  Isothermal Transformation Diagrams. Continuous Cooling Transformation Diagrams. Examples

Electrical properties - Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors

Electrical conductivity - Electrical constant. Piezoelectricity, Intrinsic semiconductors, p and n type semiconductors, transistors, Integrated circuits, Transistors, ΜΕΜS. Examples

Optical properties

Interaction of light with solids - Reflectivity, Polarization, Optoelectrical devices. Examples

Magnetic properties

Magnetic fields, Induction, Magnetization, -Induction- Diamagnetism, Paramagnetism, Ferromagnetism, Magnetic materials and applications. Examples

Thermal properties

Metals, Ceramics and Polymers- Applications. Examples

Keywords: Material Science, Material Engineering, 

Teaching Organization


Total Module Workload (ECTS Standards):

165 Hours

Written Examination

1. D. Chrisoulakis, D. Ι. Pantelis, Science and Engineering of Metallic Materials, Edit. Papasotiriou, 2003. ISBN: 960-7510-39-9

2. W.D. Callister, Jr., Science and Engineering of Materials, Edit. Tziola, 2004. ISBN: 960-8050-90-1

3. R. Askeland, The Science and Engineering of Materials, Edit. Chapman & Hall, 1996. ISBN: 0-412-53910-1