Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials (M.Sc.)

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Graduation Master of Science
Study period 3 semester program
Language English
Location Campus Koblenz
Admission requirements see "Curriculum"
Enrollment every summer and winter term
Application deadlines 31th of March / 30th of September

About CPfM

The aim of the master's degree program Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials follows from the consideration that a close connection of the scientific concepts of chemistry and physics leads to a deeper understanding of material science contexts. Therefore, at the center of the study are modern chemical synthesis processes and technologies for the functionalization of materials, chemical and physical methods of characterization as well as new physical and material science concepts such as surface-active materials, hybrid materials, composites, nanomaterials, etc.

The study course Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials thus conveys an in-depth, scientifically and methodically high-quality interdisciplinary education geared towards lasting knowledge, which enables the graduates to qualify further in this field of study as part of a doctoral program, as well as an employment in areas of activity at the interface between the natural sciences, materials science and technology of materials. Master's graduates can apply their expertise and creativity both independently and in a team of engineers, materials scientists and other scientists working out solutions to the issues that are a prerequisite for technological progress and future economic growth.


Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials - accredited since 2011 - is a three-semester English-language Master's degree program. To study consecutively on the seven-semester German-language Bachelor's degree in Angewandte Naturwissenschaften (Applied Natural Sciences) is only one option.

In this program, graduates are to be qualified to undertake scientific research in the fields of chemistry, physics and materials science. For this purpose, a close connection to the research work of the participating professorships has already been planned. For students in the material and natural science research area, this master's degree program now offers an end-to-end qualification option. The students will develop starting from their broad basic knowledge in the fields of chemistry and physics towards the necessary qualifications that are needed for a subsequent PhD or a responsible activity in research and development in industry and institutes. Of course, it is also aimed at students from other disciplines and universities in Germany and abroad, whose research interests include a scientific examination of functional materials.

The early introduction to the working groups as basic element of researching science is pursued consistently here, e.g. through integration into the research seminars of the working groups. Likewise, the cross-semester and interdisciplinary networking between students and with the scientists is achieved. The three professors of Chemistry and the two of Physics in the Institute of Integrated Natural Sciences (IfIN) work with scientific methods on material science issues.

These are the five working groups, listed in alphabetical order:
Material Physics Group
Surface Science Group
Technical Chemistry Group
The information about the other groups will be provided soon.

In the M-building (inaugurated in 2011) the competence center "material properties and functional surfaces" is located, in building G the "Technology Institute for Functional Plastics and Surfaces (tifko)" is located. Corporation with partially state-owned technology institutes of the area (TZO, FGK, Time, ECREF, TZK, etc.) as well as with regional small to medium sized business units offer an outstanding connection to applied and basic research in this field of research.


Working groups

Material Physics Group
The work of the material physics group focuses on the development of functional polymers. Polymers with additional functions, including electrical and thermal conductivity and antimicrobial activity etc., find their way in a large field of applications, like the automotive and medical technology sector. Beside the opening of new processing methods, like additive manufacturing, and the development of alternative resources, i.e. biopolymers and recycling materials, we also investigate the interaction of these materials with the environment in processes like biopolymer degradation and microbial colonization.

Surface Science Group
The Surface Science Group in Koblenz (Prof. Dr. Stefan Wehner, Dr. Christian Fischer) is part of the Institute of Integrated Natural Sciences (IfIN). This group has four directions of research. One in direction of applications, the others to neighboring sciences biology, chemistry and physics resp. mathematical modeling. With this fields the focus is: Diamond Like Carbon on polymers, microplastic particles in freshwaters, model plasmas of hydrogen radicals (H0), biodegradable corrosion inhibitors, biosynthesis of nanoparticles (NP) and nonlinear effects in surface reactions. The Surface Science Group in Koblenz run an ultra high vacuum (UHV) lab in M015. Three vacuum chambers with appropriate experimental devices for preparation and analysis are located there. Further an atomic force microscope (AFM) is available for visualization of surface down to the nanometer range in G503. In G411 samples could be prepared for later analysis (including a hood) besides the experimental setups for exploring corrosion processes.

Technical Chemistry Group
Teaching and research of the chair for technical chemistry and corrosion science are focused on the topics Thermochemistry and High temperature reactions and properties of mineral based materials. The proposed courses involve lectures, exercises and practical courses in Physical chemistry, Technical chemistry and Materials chemistry. Within the courses, the aspects of thermodynamics, kinetics and corrosion of inorganic materials are considered with a special focus on ceramic materials and technical carbon. Besides teaching, research projects deal with materials properties, which are changed due to mechanical and/or thermal stress and by this influencing the functionality of materials. For detecting of these phenomena, specific instrumental equipment is available for detecting and analyzing data. In addition to experiments thermodynamic modeling of chemical reactions and high temperature processes is used together with experimental results for a consistent description of material properties. Aim of cooperation with other research institutes and companies is the initiation and realization of applied projects in scientific context and by this, the sustainable strengthen of the competence of the department. On the base of governmental supported research projects also opportunities are opened for offering fascinating experimental topics for bachelor, master and PhD thesis.


In total, the degree program CPfM comprises 90 LP (ECTS). Of these, 60 LP (ECTS) are compulsory, another 18-30 are for advanced modules, and another 0-12 for elective modules in physics, chemistry, economics or computer science.



The compulsory modules are:

    • 03PH2501     Solid State Physics (6 ECTS)
    • 03XX2401     Synthesis and Characterization of functional Materials (9 ECTS)
    • 03XX2402     Research Project (15 ECTS)
    • 03XX2490     Master Thesis (25 ECTS)
    • 03XX2499     Oral Final Exam (5 ECTS)


The specialization modules (at least 18 ECTS) can be chosen from the following (each 6 ECTS):

    • 03CH2401     Modern concepts of Inorganic Chemistry
    • 03CH2402     Thermochemistry
    • 03CH2403     Polymer Chemistry and Ingredient Synthesis
    • 03PH2403     Physics of Metals
    • 03PH2503     Surface Science
    • 03PH2504     Applied Theoretical Physics
    • 03PH2505     Polymer Science


Up to 12 ECTS electives (either as specialization in main topics or as extension of knowledge in neighboring fields) can be chosen individually from a broad spectum of lectures from chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics or computer science.

Job prospects

The graduates of the study program Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials are potential doctoral candidates and junior scientists as well as universally applicable employees for the manifold research and development tasks in the industry or other research institutions. They are characterized by scientificity, independence and decision-making ability. The proximity to research gives students the opportunity during their studies to prove this in an area of their own choosing, also in the international scientific language English.

The main objective of the master's program Chemistry and Physics of functional Materials is the essential complement to the basic knowledge acquired in the bachelor's program in the two main subjects to a great professional breadth and depth. The depth is achieved by the research connection, the width in particular by the regulation that modules from both core subjects are to be occupied and the large offer of elective modules.

The future careers of the graduates are research at universities and colleges as well as industrial development. Thanks to their broad and interdisciplinary education and way of thinking, they are universally applicable employees. In addition, the fields of study in the administration and in the service sector are open to graduates, especially as a result of the interdisciplinary approach they have learned during their studies. Due to the repeated alternation between self-employment and teamwork practiced in the Master's program, graduates can take on complex tasks in different working environments. Through the choices, students can pursue their own inclinations and acquire an unique qualification profile.

E-books for basic physics

The university library provides english textbooks on classical physics (bachelor level) as needed in this master program. In case of patchy previous knowledge in physics, students have to cover up this by their own. These ebooks are provided by ProQuest Ebook Central. Before one can sign in, activation of the individual institutional email address is needed. The help desk of university library will help in case of any problems with accessing the ebooks.

■   George Arfken, David F. Griffing, Donald C. Kelly, Joseph Priest, University Physics (International Edition)

■   John Matolyak, Ajawad Haija, Essential physics

■   Michael Mansfield, Colm O’Sullivan, Understanding physics


Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Our team is always at your side with help and advice.


Prof. Dr. Joachim Scholz
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wehner


Application & More

Application procedure:


Enrollment: every summer and winter term
Application deadlines: 31th of March / 30th of September


Interested Students can contact the

  • Welcome Center at Koblenz Campus, Ms. Ines Tobis for Information concerning
    • application procedures,
    • possibilities for scholarships,
    • the university and related topics.

General information for International students are provided by the International Office of the university.

German applicants can directly contact the student office (Studienbüro) or enroll at the Online-Bewerbungsportal. See the links below.


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