2021 CCMX Characterization of Materials Summer School

30 August – 2 September, EPFL

Featuring lectures by experienced researchers, and, this year, hands-on experience in the lab, this course will give an overview of some different techniques and applications of materials characterization available to scientists and engineers. It is open to participants with a basic background in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, microtechnology or physics, from both industry and academia.


Topics covered

Analytical SEM: EDX and FIB (+ESEM); Transmission Electron Microscopy & Microanalysis; X-ray and Neutron Diffraction; Atomic Force Microscopy; Raman Spectroscopy; Scanning Tunneling Microscopy; Characterization of Visco-Elastic Materials; Fracture Mechanics; First-principles Materials Simulations and Predictions; Tribology Testing of Surfaces and Corrosion. 


Dr. Marco Cantoni; Dr. Emad Oveisi; Dr. Pascal Schouwink; Prof. Georg Fantner; Dr. Mira Dimitrievska; Prof. Harald Brune; Prof. Véronique Michaud / Dr. Yves Leterrier (TBC); Prof. Emeritus John Botsis; Prof. Nicola Marzari; Dr. Anna Igual


EPFL, Lausanne — Room TBC

Registration / Cost of participation

The deadline for registration is Monday, 9 August 2021.

Please contact Carey Sargent if you are interested in registering for this course. Please note too that payment is now required upon registration using the PayOnLine platform, which accepts major credit cards, PayPal and Twint. Course fees being paid directly by an EPFL laboratory may be paid by account transfer.

Tuition, lunches and coffee breaks are included in the fees.

PhD students from EPFL, ETHZ, PSI and Empa: CHF460

All other participants from academia: CHF560

Participants from industry: CHF1500

VAT may also apply. Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the cost of participation.

ECTS Credits

To be eligible for 1 ECTS credit, participating PhD students must complete a written exam at the end of the course. Full attendance is also mandatory.


CCMX does not organise any accommodation for course participants. For students, two attractive options are:

Additional hotels can be found on the web site of Lausanne Tourism.


Please contact Carey Sargent with any questions.