||This module covers a significant part of the main techniques for characterization of materials and nanomaterials, but it is not aimed at comprising all the techniques currently used. Most of them are available at our research facilities (UAB-CIE Sphere). Several laboratory experiments and practical examples are planned as a key part of the course. The local probe microscopy techniques and the x-ray absorption spectroscopies, not included in this module, are covered in modules "Local Probe Microscopies" and "Spectroscopies with Synchrotron Radiation", respectively. 1.