Condensed Matter Laboratory
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL034
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
dr. ir. J.J. Schermer
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dr. ir. J.J. Schermer
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Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. J.J. Schermer
Other course modules lecturer
dr. ir. J.J. Schermer
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Academic year2023
KW3  (29/01/2024 to 07/04/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
After this lab course you are able to:
  • apply your theoretical knowledge of crystals for crystal growth experiments and analysis of semiconductor devices
  • prepare and perform a practical assignment in a systematic way
  • show a critical attitude towards techniques that are applied and the accuracy of measurements and systematic errors involved
  • write a clear and coherent report on the experiments
Prior to the lab assignments, several aspects of crystal growth, the way the course is organized and the requirements for the assignment reports will be addressed in an introduction lecture. Subsequently students couples will execute four different lab assignments on crystal growth, analysis and application in a device. These are more complex than in the first year and most second year lab courses and require more autonomy of the students. Also the written reports will be judged more critically.
The programme entails:
  • Crystals: defects, dendrites, and fractals
  • Shadowgraphy on growing crystals
  • Analysis of solar cells
  • Analysis of reflectors
The course is open as an elective for Chemistry, Physics and Science students.
Presumed foreknowledge
Non-mandatory but useful foreknowledge
  • Crystal structure (NWI-MOL032)
  • Programming in Matlab (via NWI-MOL033, NWI-MOL089 or NWI-MOL150)
  • Microscopic techniques (via NWI-MOL045 or NWI-MOL151)
Test information
The course is based on 4 laboratory class assignments on which the students have to write reports which will be graded. The average of the 4 grades yields the final grade of the course. An insufficient grade can be remediated during the 1st quarter of the next year by executing and reporting on one additional experiment. The grade of this report replaces the lowest-rated report of the original 4 assignments.
The number of places is limited and upon registration you may be placed on a waiting list first.
In the case of not being able to attend one or more practical courses/lab days due to corona measures, the course coordinator will decide if the student is obligated to re-take the missed meeting and how this will take place.
Required materials
Course guide
Manual 'Practicum Condensed Matter' (made available on-line by the lecturer).

Instructional modes
Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeLab course
OpportunitiesBlock KW3