Course detail

Introduction to Chemistry of Materials

FCH-BC_UMCHAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course aims to provide basic knowledge of Materials Chemistry and Physics. Emphasis is placed on (i) the basic properties of the solid phase, (ii) the understanding of the underlying phenomena that are in the solid phase and (iii) the examples of applications where these materials are used. Part of the course is a brief introduction to the techniques of studying selected properties. The course ends with an outline of possible future applications of advanced materials.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Not applicable.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The course ends with a test (oral or written) in which students demonstrate acquired knowledge. To obtain the credit it is necessary to elaborate a semester project. Quality semester project will be reflected in the overall evaluation of the course.
A lecture of two hours per week for full-time study ends with an exam. Part of the exam is also the defense of the semester work, which students prepare for a selected theme from the course. The combined form of teaching is supported by an elearning course in which students are provided with learning support including electronic textbooks, presentations from lectures and others.


The aim is to introduce the fundamentals of chemistry and physics of the solid phase of both inorganic and organic materials.
Upon completion of the course the students will be equipped with basic knowledge of material chemistry and physics. They will be acquainted with the basic processes and phenomena that occur in these substances and will understand selected applications using optical electrical and other properties of these substances.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Kratochvíl B. Chemie a fyzika pevných látek I. Praha, VŠCHT Praha, 1994, ISBN 80-7080-196-4 (CS)
Kratochvíl B. Základy fyziky a chemie pevných látek II. Praha, VŠCHT Praha, 1990, ISBN 80-7080-055-0 (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHTE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme BKCP_CHCHTE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Binding forces in solids.
2. Structure of solid phase of inorganic and organic materials.
3. Fundamentals of the band structure.
4. Mechanical, magnetic and thermal properties
5. Optical Properties I
6. Optical Properties II
7. Electrical properties I
8. Electrical properties II
9. Selected examples of applications
10. Selected techniques of study of materials structure
11. Selected methods of study of optical and electrical properties
12. Selected methods of preparation
13. New advanced applications