Year 2


MS2014 Materials Structure and Defects

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours; Pre-requisites: MS1015@; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Learning Objective

To learn fundamentals of crystallography, representative crystal structures in metals and ceramics, and defects in crystalline materials. Enable students to link crystal structure characteristics with materials functionalities and applications in their future study.


This course introduces crystallography and crystal structures at an intermediate level.

  1. Fundamental crystallography.
  2. Structure of metals and alloys
  3. Defects in metals
  4. Ceramic structures and defects

Learning Outcome

Students will learn the fundamentals of crystallography in combination with visual illustration of crystal structures. Student will further learn the topologically close-packed phases and ceramic structures. With that students are able to establish a solid understanding on the defects existed in crystalline materials, and on the structure property relationships.

Textbook/ References

  • M. D. Graef and M. E. McHenry, Structure of Materials – An Introduction to Crystallography, Diffraction, and Symmetry, 2007, Cambridge.
  • G. Burns and A. M. Glazer, Space Groups for Solid State Scientists, 1978, Academic Press, New York.
  • B. D. Cullity, Elements of X-Ray Diffraction, 4th Edition, 1978, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

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