Functional Ceramics and Hard Materials

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Prototype wood pellet burner in NZP-material (calcium zirconium phosphate) designed for thermal shock and alkaline resistance (courtesy, Elis Carlström)_1920x1080px
Prototype wood pellet burner in NZP-material (calcium zirconium phosphate) designed for thermal shock and alkaline resistance. (Photo: Elis Carlström)

Solid materials can be divided into three basic classifications: metals, ceramics and polymers, and ceramics. It is important to realize that ceramics are more than pottery and tableware. Have you ever wondered what makes ceramics and hard materials so special and why ceramics can be found in so many different applications? Have you wondered if these materials can be part of the rapid change in technologies in today's and tomorrow's society and how they can become key players in future sustainable solutions in the fields of energy, communication, engineering, and consumer products?

If you are interested in these topics, then join the Tracks course Functional Ceramics and Hard Materials.

General information

Tracks courses aim to allow participants to develop interdisciplinary competencies, shorten the lead times of changes in education, and bridge the gap between research, industry, and education. The course provides lectures, hands-on activities, and project work. The course is generic, but a materials science background on basic level is required. The course will combine theoretical parts and basics with hands-on assignments and discussions and project assignment. Topics covered will include properties and manufacturing, types of ceramics and hard metals, sustainability aspects, high temperature applications, wear and low friction applications, electrical applications, batteries and fuel cells, hard coatings, and ceramic composites.


The course is intended for anyone with a keen interest in materials and their applications. A materials science background on a basic level is required and students with for example engineering backgrounds in physics and chemistry are most welcome to send in an application to the course. The course is available on basic (TRA100) and advanced (TRA105) level for all students who meets educational requirements, as an elective course in-between educational programs.

How to apply

To attend the course - send a course application by e-mail to the examiner Uta Klement (

The application shall:
1. Be labelled TRA100 or TRA105 (depending on level) “Functional Ceramics and Hard Materials”
2. Include
• Your name and personal number
• Your e-mail address
• Brief description of your educational background and a justification for your interest in the course (max 500 words).


Teachers: Uta Klement
Course dates: Study period 4, 2024
Credits: 7.5 ETCS

Level: Advanced

Course code: TRA245

Deadline: Closed for applications.