The list of topics for the entry exam to the AGH Doctoral School in discipline Materials Science


  • Discuss theories of oxidation of metal sulphides.
  • Discuss the role of hydrogen overpotential in the process of iron group metals electrodeposition and the influence of electrolysis parameters on hydrogen overpotential and current efficiency.
  • Discuss the process of copper production in case of a shaft furnace technology and a flash furnace technology.
  • Production of aluminum by electrolysis of molten salts, discuss the influence of the cryolitic number on electrolyte melting temperature and solubility of aluminum oxide.
  • Give a thermodynamic condition for the balance of the chemical reaction. Using the example of Boudouard's reaction, determine the effect of pressure and temperature on the equilibrium of this reaction.


Material science

  • Methods of strengthening metals and alloys.
  • What are the mechanisms of plastic deformation - characteristics.
  • What is the thermo-plastic treatment of Al alloys.
  • Characterize brass and bronze.
  • Explain the mechanical synthesis process.



  • List and discuss the yield criteria used for metallic materials.
  • Discuss the force parameters analytical estimation methods of metal forming processes.
  • Define the idea of the metal strengthening (hardening) curve, discuss the methods of its measurement.
  • Classify and characterize the basic non-ferrous metals forming processes and discuss the process diagrams as well as the state of stress and strain in these processes.
  • Describe continuous and semi-continuous methods of non-ferrous metals casting in context of raw materials for metal forming processes.