MT8307 - Thermodynamics of Materials


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course is aimed at giving the students insight into thermodynamics for solids and thermodynamics for nanoscale systems. Focus will be on phase-stability, surfaces, interfaces, and adsorption, as well as the size-depenence of nanoscale systems. We will discuss trends in formation enthalpies, heat capacities, and entropy for inorganic compounds. Selected thermodynamic modells, experimental methods, and methods for theoretical computation of thermodynamic data will be described. The course will be given autumn 2024.

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
  • Theoretical methods to calculate thermodynamic date from first principles.
  • Basic understanding of scaling laws, and how they apply to nano-scale system
  • Use of Kirkwood-Buff theory, and how local structure influence macroscopic properties

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

  • Project work

Further on evaluation

The course has a mandatory project, that will be presented to the other students towards the end of the semester. This will have to be approved to have access to the exam. The project will as far as possible be relevant for the students work. If the project has been approved in the last two iterations of the course, it does not have to be repeated.

Required previous knowledge

Chemical thermodynamics corresponding to TMT4155

Course materials

  • Svein Stølen and Tor Grande, Chemical thermodynamics of Materials, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2004
  • Dick Bedeaux, Signe Kjelstrup, Sondre K. Schnell, Nanothermodynamics. General Theory, Porelab, 2020.
  • 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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