Robin Schäublin: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2023

Name Dr. Robin Schäublin
Metallphysik und Technologie
ETH Zürich, HCI J 490.2
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 25 27
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327-0415-00LThermodynamics and Phase Transformations6 credits2V + 2U + 3PJ. F. Löffler, P. Derlet, R. Schäublin
AbstractThe aim of the course is to provide a theoretical background to phase transformations and the constitution of microstructures. This includes the thermodynamic basis of phase equilibria, diffusional and difussionless transformations, properties of surfaces and interfaces, and the understanding of how through variations of processing conditions a material with specific properties can be tailored.
ObjectiveThe lecture gives a detailed understanding of important aspects in materials science, with special emphasis on thermodynamics and phase transformations, mostly related to metallic materials.
ContentTopics of the lecture part are thermodynamics and phase diagrams; crystal interfaces and microstructure; defects in solids; interactions between them; solidification; recovery and recrystallization; diffusional transformations in solids; and diffusionless transformations.

Approximately eight assignments will be distributed and the students are asked to solve these assignments at home. For carefully solved assignments students will receive up to 0.25 grade points to improve the total course unit grade. The assignments will be discussed in detail in the course unit 327-0415-00 U.

In 327-0415-00 P, we will offer experimental projects that are related to the lecture, such as alloy production, casting, annealing, microstructure analysis, and studies of thermophysical and mechanical properties. Here it is our aim that the students gain detailed knowledge of the lecture subject via "project-based learning".

We will also teach various modeling tools to simulate properties of metallic alloys. This includes introduction to python; (kinetic) Monte Carlo of 2D binary alloys; simulations of dislocations moving through a 2D pinning field; 1D dislocation dynamics; and the solving of ordinary and partial differential equations with respect to diffusion. This more theoretical part is also strongly related to the lecture, with the aim that the students gain detailed knowledge of the lecture subject via the modeling of simplified systems in 2D.
Lecture notesDetails at:
LiteratureD. A. Porter, K. E. Easterling, M. Y. Sherif
Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys - Third Edition
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 978-1-4200-6210-6
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge of statistical thermodynamics, as provided by the third-semester course 327-0315-00L in the Materials Science Bachelor Curriculum.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
327-2128-00LHigh Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.
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2 credits3GA. Sologubenko, R. Erni, R. Schäublin, P. Zeng
AbstractThis advanced course on High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) provides lectures focused on HRTEM and HRSTEM imaging principles, related data analysis and simulation and phase restoration methods.
Objective- Learning how HRTEM and HRSTEM images are obtained.
- Learning about the aberrations affecting the resolution in TEM and STEM and the different methods to correct them.
- Learning about TEM and STEM images simulation software.
- Performing TEM and STEM image analysis (processing of TEM images and phase restoration after focal series acquisitions).
ContentThis course provides new skills to students with previous TEM experience. At the end of the course, students will know how to obtain HR(S)TEM images, how to analyse, process and simulate them.

1. Introduction to HRTEM and HRSTEM
2. Considerations on (S)TEM instrumentation for high resolution imaging
3. Lectures on aberrations, aberration correction and aberration corrected images
4. HRTEM and HRSTEM simulation
5. Data analysis, phase restoration and lattice-strain analysis
Literature- Detailed course manual
- Williams, Carter: Transmission Electron Microscopy, 2nd ed., Springer, 2009
- Williams, Carter (eds.), Transmission Electron Microscopy - Diffraction, Imaging, and Spectrometry, Springer 2016
- Erni, Aberration-corrected imaging in transmission electron microscopy, 2nd ed., Imperial College Press, 2015.
- Egerton: Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy: an introduction to TEM, SEM and AEM, Springer Verlag, 2007
Prerequisites / NoticeThe students should fulfil one or more of these prerequisites:
- Prior attendance to the ScopeM TEM basic course
- Prior attendance to ETH EM lectures (327-0703-00L Electron Microscopy in Material Science)
- Prior TEM experience