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Advanced Materials Summer School

The Advanced Materials Summer School focuses on finding solutions to current real-world problems, as well as improving processes already in use.

The Schools of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Astronomy jointly run this Summer School. It takes place from 18 July until 1 August 2020.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the integral role materials play in real-world scenarios.

On completion of the Summer School, you should be able to:

  • Alter the optoelectronic properties of materials via differing synthetic methods.
  • Understand the application of various spectroscopic techniques to characterise materials.
  • Synthesize and characterise various Molecular Organic Frameworks (MOF’s) for gas storage and separation.
  • Characterise materials with microwaves.
  • Have an understanding of compound semiconductor physics.
  • Understand damage detection using acoustic emission.
  • Have an understanding of metamaterials, diamonds, magnetic materials and optoelectronics.
  • Gain an understanding of THz physics.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 18 JulyArrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
Sunday 19 JulyNetworking event
Monday 20 JulyWelcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 21 JulySchool of Chemistry: Organic electric materials
Wednesday 22 JulySchool of Chemistry: Materials characterisation
Thursday 23 JulySchool of Chemistry: Modern microporous materials
Friday 24 JulySchool of Engineering: Characterising materials with microwaves
Saturday 25 JulyField trips and free time
Sunday 26 JulyFree time
Monday 27 JulySchool of Engineering: Compound semiconductors in a world of communications
Tuesday 28 JulySchool of Engineering: Damage detection in advanced materials using acoustic emission  
Wednesday 29 JulySchool of Physics and Astronomy: Compound semiconductor physics
Thursday 30 JulySchool of Physics and Astronomy: THz physics and metamaterials
Friday 31 JulySchool of Physics and Astronomy: Diamonds, magnetic materials and optoelectronics

Final assessment day

Final Gala Dinner
Saturday 1 AugustDeparture from Cardiff (drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 18 July, drop off is on 1 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team:

Physical Sciences and Engineering International Summer School