MT8308 - Advanced Solid State Chemistry


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course is offered every alternate year, next time will be Autumn 2021.
The course covers solid state chemistry in a broad manner with emphasis on fundamental concepts and inorganic materials. Subjects covered are:
Bounding and structure in solids, phase transitions, defects and nonstoichiometry, relationships between structure and electronic, magnetic and optical properties.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Give a qualitative description of bonding in solid materials, crystal classes and symmetries as a basis for space groups and the most important crystal structures for AB, AB2, AB3 and other more complex compounds
- Give a qualitative description of old and new concepts to describe the structure of inorganic solids.
- Define solid-solid phase transition based on thermodynamic, kinetic and structural characteristics of a phase transition and knowledge of some of the most important phase transition in inorganic functional materials
- Give a qualitative and quantitative representation of 0, 1 and 2 dimensional defects in solids and knowledge of defects related to non-stoichiometry in some important classes of inorganic materials.
- Give a qualitative representation of the relationship between structure/bonding and electronic, electrical, magnetic, ferroic and optical properties of solids with emphasis on some of the most important classes of inorganic materials.
-Give a qualitative description of emerging directions in materials science.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on study groups and a project work.
Expected time spent: Lectures: 80 hours, project: 20 hours, self study: 100 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

There will be a presentation of project work at the end of the second week. This will count for 25% 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 75% 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced.

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
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Solid State Theory
  • Solid State Physics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering



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