Materials Physics

This module consists of a specialization in Materials Physics, a quite demanded topic nowadays for employments to which graduates from different fields like Physics, Engineering, Chemistry and Biotechnology might apply. This course provides the basis for understanding fundamental aspects and properties of matter, as well as for establishing the essentials of the advanced knowledge required for being part of projects aimed at the design of technological devices in different contexts. A broad spectrum of materials and systems of interest is treated, from the smallest (nanometric) to the largest (macroscopic) ones: nanomaterials, optoelectronic materials, magnetic materials, selective cellular and porous materials, polimers, and biomaterials. This is, therefore, an interdisciplinar module to which different fields contribute in a balanced way: Quantum Physics, Electromagnetism, Solid State Physics, Electronics, Chemistry, and Biophysics. The courses list include areas such as fabrication, experimental characterization at both the structural and electronic level, as well as computational simulation. This specialization will provide the student with the following specific competences:

  • Knowledge of advanced materials used in technology
  • Understanding of the physical properties leading to the characterization of materials
  • Learning and use of the specific experimental and simulation techniques for characterization and modelization of structures and properties of materials of different nature

The module of Materials Physics is supported by research groups of high international reputation, as it can be checked by having a look at their CV as well as those of the involved professors. As a whole, these groups sum up an important number of funded projects, scientific papers published in the most reputed journals of their respective fields, patents, awards, and collaborations with private companies and with top research groups in other national and international organisms. Each research group is in charge of a part of the courses list, designed within the group and coordinated with the other parts so that each group teaches its speciality and complements the others in order to lead to what must be an advanced formation in Materials Physics. The student will be part of one of those research groups to do his TFM, and will have access to the facilities of that group in all mentioned aspects, which will allow him to get advise for his future if he wish to continue in the corresponding research and development field.

Cell scaffolds: molding of hydrogels from ELRs for Tissue Engineering

The research groups that support the module of Materials Physics are:

  • CELLMAT (celular materials)
  • BIOFORGE (biomaterials)
  • SMAP (selective porous materials)
  • GdS-OPTRONLAB (semiconducting materials for optoelectronics)
  • MMMG (simulation of semiconductors and technological processes)
  • PNM (nanometric properties of matter)
  • NPG (physics of nanostructures)
  • MM (magnetic materials)
  • ERICA (Raman and infrared spectroscopy)
  • AHMAT (Archaeological and Historical Materials Research Group)
  • GCME (characterization of materials and electronic devices)
  • GETEF (thermodinamics of phases in equilibrium)
  • GrECo (computational electromagnetisms)


The private companies that collaborate with the research groups are:

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Hydrogen adsorption on palladium nanoparticles supported on graphene


For more information contact Professor Javier Pinto