International Summer School Physical and Chemical Principles in Materials Science

JULY 7-16, 2015

Xi’an - China

Northwestern Polytechnical University
Sorbonne Universités

General information

Target audience: Master and PhD students in Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science.

Registration fee: 500€ (accommodation and meals are included). Financial support may be obtained upon request.

Credits: Certificate of Attendance.

Application deadline: April 15, 2015.

Application form: can be obtained upon request at

Hui YU (NPU)


Further information:

Summer school organization and topics
The International Summer School “Physical and Chemical Principles in Materials Science” is sponsored by the School of Material Science and Engineering of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China, and Sorbonne Universités, through Laboratoire de Chimie Physique - Matière et Rayonnement of Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France.

The school is aimed to present to a general audience of Master and PhD students the physical and chemical principles used in materials science, from design, elaboration and characterization of the materials to applications. Theoretical and computational approaches and description of specific materials such as nanoparticles, ceramics and periodic multimaterials, and their properties will also be addressed. The training involves a series of 3-hour lectures, including tutorials based on few case studies. Visits of the experimental facilities at SMSE will be organized, together with discussions around posters. The official language of the school will be English.


Summer school location
The Summer School will be held in Xi’an, China. Lectures and laboratory visits will be organized in the facilities of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the downtown campus of the Northwestern Polytechnical University. Accommodation and meals will be provided within the campus.


Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and one of the oldest cities of the People’s Republic of China. It was one of the four Ancient Capitals of the country and hold the reign of 13 dynasties, from 11th century BC before to the 10th AC. Its long history provides therefore a rich cultural atmosphere, as illustrated for example by the famous Terracotta Army, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or the Bell and Drum Towers. Cultural and social events will be organized during the school.


Northwestern Polytechnical University School of Materials Science and Engineering

Université Pierre et Marie Curie Laboratoire de Chimie Physique -Matière et Rayonnement

Academic coordinators:



Confirmed speakers from NPU and UPMC

 Introduction to synchrotron radiation and to advanced x-ray spectroscopies.  Resonant x-ray  emission and  absorption for  material characterization.
 Quantum mechanical principles of spectroscopies for materials science.
Xiaoli FAN
Computational methods in materials science.
Feng GAO
Fabrication and microstructure of textured electro-ceramics by reactive-templated grain growth method.
Wanqi JIE
 Crystal growth. Thermodynamical principles of phase transformation (solidification and heat treatment).
Philippe JONNARD
 Scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis. Illustration for periodic multimaterials applied in x-ray optics.
Feng LIU
 Kinetics in phase transformation.
 Metallic nanoparticles: design, fundamentals and new applications. A scanning tunneling microscopy investigation.
François ROCHET
 Advanced XPS tools for the characterization of functional surfaces and for the real-time monitoring of chemical reactions.
Bingqing WEI
 Synthesis of nano-material with chemical methods.
Yadong XU
  Electronic properties of materials.