TMT4245 - Functional Materials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 25/100
Written examination 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

The crystal structure of solids, phase transformations and relations between crystal structure and functional propeties. Material synthesis and processing of functional materials. Applications of semi conductors in electronics, optics and photovoltaic cells. Ionic conductors in batteries, sensors and fuel cells. Materials for energy technology. Applications of magnetic, dielectric, electronic and optical materials. Ferro- and piezoelectric materials.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Give a qualitative description of the simples and most common crystal structures of inorganic materials and have basic knowledge of symmetry operations in order to be able to describe the different point groups and space groups.
- Classify and charactrize different phase transitions
- Relate phase transitions, crystal structure and crystal symmetry to the different functional properties covered.
- Describe microscopic mechanisms for electonic conductivity in metals, semiconductors, insulators and superconductors. In addition, the student should be able to name specific examples of materials that exhibit these properties.
- Name several different ionic conducting materials and describe microscopic mechanisms for ionic and mixed conductivity in addition to writing down defect equilibrium equations.
- Describe microscopic mechanisms for ferroelecticity, ferromagnetism, in addition to related dielectric and magnetic properties. The student should be able to describe specific materials exhibiting dielectric and magnetic properties.
- Relate crystal structure and electronic structure to optical and thermal properties.
- Predict electronic, dielectric, magnetic, optical and thermal properties based on the acquired knowledge.
- Name several different applications for different functional materials.
- Identify which functional properties would be required for different technologial applications and be able to propose specific materials suitable for the application in question.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on lectures, exercises and a mandatory project work. The exercises are voluntary. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for their answers to the final written exam. Expected time spent: Lectures: 60 hours, exercises: 30 hours, project work: 30 hours, self study: 95 hours.

Further on evaluation

Final grade in the course is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes a written final examination (75%) and a mandatory project work (25%). The evaluation of the different parts is given in %points while the final grade for the whole folder is given by a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
If a student has to take the course over again, all evaluations in the course has to be repeated.

Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 75/100 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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