FY3114 - Functional Materials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Functional materials are materials that have one or more properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled fashion by external stimuli (temperature, electric/magnetic field, etc.) and are therefore applied in a broad range of technological devices as for example in memories, displays and telecommunication.


  • Relation between properties, structure and crystal symmetry
  • Size and interface effects on properties
  • Electronic bands structures
  • Charge transport
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Optical active materials: theory, examples of materials and applications
  • Dielectrics, piezo- and ferroelectrics: theory, examples of materials and applications
  • Magnetism: theory, examples of materials and applications.

Learning outcome


The candidate should have knowledge of:

  • A wide range of today's and future important functional materials.
  • Anisotropic material properties and relation to crystal symmetry.
  • Band structure of materials and electronic properties.


The candidate should be able to:

  • Relate properties of functional materials to crystal structure.
  • Apply symmetry to explain, classify, and together with tensor description calculate directional properties of materials.
  • Explain electronic properties of materials by using band structure analysis.

General knowledge.

The candidate should:

  • Possess general understanding of anisotropic, electronic and magnetic functional materials.
  • Be able to acquire knowledge on the function of new functional materials.
  • Be able to contribute to new applications of functional materials.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and student reports, project work, presentations. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on a written exam. A compulsory literature study project must be passed. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the course

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8912 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Solid State Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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