The students are supposed to acquire knowledge and competence on the nature of the solid state and on its symmetry properties, on the general principles of the diffraction as consequence of the periodicity of atoms in crystals, on polymorphisms, phase transitions and reactivity of solids. In particular,
1- The student should know the preparation techniques of inorganic compounds and materials, the solid-state reactions and the sintering of ceramics, the principal types of crystal packing, the basic methods of the structural characterization and the structure-properties relationships, the solid solutions and their importance in the field of materials. Moreover, the student should be able to use the specific language of the scientific discipline. (Knowledge and understanding).
2- The student should be able to understand and in some case to predict the properties of complex systems, to plan experiments, to characterize real samples by using appropriate instruments and to elaborate scientific data using advanced computational methods. (Applying knowledge and understanding).
3- The student should be able to organize an experimental activity and to choose the appropriate characterization technique, by critically considering his personal knowledge and capability, and to evaluate the experimental results basing on his personal judgment. (Making judgments).
4- The student should be able to communicate in written and oral form chemical/scientific issues, even in English and utilizing multimedia systems, when interacting with other persons or working in a group. (Communication skills).
5- The student should be able to deal with new scientific or professional topics by learning autonomously, retrieving the necessary information in literature, databases and internet.