MT8307 - Thermodynamics of Materials


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course is aimed at giving the students insight into thermodynamics for solids. Focus will be on phase-stability, surfaces, interfaces, and adsorption. In addition, we will discuss trends in formation enthalpies, heat capacities, and entropy for inorganic compounds. Thermodynamic modells, experimental methods, and methods for theoretical computation of thermodynamic data will be described. The course is offered every alternate year, next time in the Autumn 2022.

Learning outcome

After the course the student should have the following knowledge: - Apply chemical thermodynamics to a quantitative description of phase stability applied to both single and multicomponent phases. - the concepts of thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces and trends in interfacial thermodynamic data of materials - trends in thermodynamic data of important class of inorganic materials. - microscopic models for the thermodynamics of solutions - microscopic models for the heat capacity and entropy of solids - the theoretical methods to calculate thermodynamic date from first principles. - overview of available methods to determine thermodynamic data.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, one semester project and self study. Expected time usage: Lectures: 40 hours, work on semester project and presentation: 60 hours. Selfstudy: 100 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester work

Further on evaluation

There will be a presentation of project work at the end of the second week. This will count for 20% of the final grade in the course. The project must have a score of at least 50% to gain access to the main exam. In addition there will be an oral exam that counts for 80% of the final grade. The project will as far as possible be relevant for the students work. If the project has been approved earlier, it is not necessary to do this over again to get access to the main exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Chemical thermodynamics corresponding to TMT4155

Course materials

Svein Stølen and Tor Grande, Chemical thermodynamics of Materials, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2004 Selected scientific publications

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


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