The Materials Physics specialization of the MSc in Applied Physics focuses on understanding and manipulating the physical properties of materials to discover new features and develop new devices.
What is Materials Physics?
This specialization covers the entire spectrum of (structured) materials, ranging from a basic understanding of the relationship between their physical properties, structure and chemical composition, through strategies to control materials at nanometre scales, to the development of devices with novel, pre-designed functionalities. All these aspects are addressed in lectures on systematic trends in the physics of a number of classes of materials, current developments and novel advanced materials.
Key research areas
Exceptional material properties are at the heart of many modern technologies. To optimize properties for given applications, it is important to understand and control the materials from the atomic to the macroscopic scales. In addition to the intrinsic properties of materials, the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces are of particular interest, while materials in reduced dimensions are of more general interest. These often differ qualitatively from their corresponding bulk properties. Active control of artificial structures, such as multilayers and nanostructures, opens unparalleled and practically inexhaustible opportunities for tailoring the various properties of new materials.
Right for you?
This specialization will be of particular interest to students who wish to enhance their knowledge in the field of materials physics.