Course detail

Materials for Electrotechnics

FEKT-BPA-MPEAcad. year: 2022/2023

The subject provides basic knowledge in the field of materials for electrotechnics and electronics. The subject familiarizes students with the basic concepts, classification and distribution of substances. The main focus is on metallic conductors, semiconductors, dielectrics and magnetics materials.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- be knowledgeable in electronic and electrical materials,
- classify electrical materials according to electric conductivity and behavior in electric and magnetic fields,
- describe typical properties and parameters of particular categories of electrical materials and links between these properties and material structure and composition,


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. They include lectures, exercises and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

max 60 points laboratory tasks

max 40 points final exam 

Requirements for successful completion of the subject are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Course curriculum

1. Materials for electrical and electronic engineering. Composition, structure and regulation of the material`s properties. Crystalline and amorphous matters.
2. Metallic materials. Conducting and resistive materials. Solders, materials for electric contacts, thermoelements, fuses. Superconductors.
3. Semiconductor materials. Elementary and compound semiconductors, organic semiconductors. Intrinsic semiconductors.
4. Extrinsic semiconductors. Semiconductor type N and P. Degenerated semiconductor. Thermodynamic equilibrium in semiconductors. Semiconductor conductivity.
5. Organic and inorganic insulating materials. Dielectric polarization and electrical conductivity. Dielectric materials. Piezoelectric, electrets. Losses in dielectrics.
6. Materials magnetically soft and magnetically hard. Fero and ferromagnetic materials, powder materials. Losses in magnetic materials.
7. Materials for the production of printed circuits. Substrate materials. Plating materials. Methods of production of printed circuits. Solders.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with materials for electrical and electronic engineering, with their classification and with their important properties. This information enables basic orientation in selection of materials for constructions of electrotechnical and electronic devices and equipments.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance in seminars is compulsory. Excused seminars can be made up.
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Bouda V., Hampl J., Liptak J., Materials for Electrotechnics, CVUT, 2000 (EN)
Ibach H., Luth H., Solid-State Physics, An Ingroduction to Principles of Materials Science, Springer, 2013 (EN)

Recommended reading

William D. Callister Jr., David G. Rethwisch, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 10th Edition, ISBN 978-1-119-40549-8 (EN)
Ashim Kumar Bain, Prem Chand, Ferroelectrics: Principles and Applications, ISBN 978-3-527-80533-4 (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-ECT , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization BPA-PSA , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



14 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer