TMT4445 - Advanced Functional Materials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course provides a fundamental understanding of the physical principles responsible for the properties of important functional materials, with emphasis on the design of material properties for energy-efficient device technologies, emerging and potential engineering applications, and sustainability.

The course covers:

Li-ion batteries and Solid-state batteries. Anode materials (conversion, intercalation, alloys), cathode materials (conversion, intercalation), electrochemical potential of electrode materials, solid-state electrolytes, ionic and electronic transport in solids, interfacial properties in solid-state batteries. Key challenges in solid-state battery development and their mitigation strategies.

Materials for future nanotechnology: Introduction to symmetry analysis of solids and the Landau theory of phase transitions; ferromagnetic and ferroelectric memories; flexoelectricity; skyrmions and vortex structures; improper ferroics, multiferroic and magnetoelectric devices; epitaxial engineering of heterointerface properties and domain wall properties; memristive memories, artificial synapses and neuromorphic circuitry.

Learning outcome

The course will enable the students to:

  • Explain the origin of the electrochemical potential in electrode materials
  • Explain the storage mechanisms in battery electrode materials
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of different classes of solid-state electrolytes
  • Explain the electrical transport in/between battery materials
  • Explain the role of interfaces in solid-state batteries
  • Understand the complexity associate with the introduction of a new component in a device.
  • Discuss the key challenges in solid-state batteries and their mitigation strategies
  • Evaluate battery technologies and materials in terms of their environmental impact/sustainability
  • Apply symmetry considerations and Landau theory to predict and classify ferroic properties and domain formation.
  • Explain the principles of the amorphous-crystalline transition and the resulting properties.
  • Evaluate the technological potential of non-collinearity, gradients, and topology in condensed matter.
  • Discuss correlations between coexisting electronic degrees of freedom.
  • Evaluate confinement and heterogeneity in single phase and multi-layer materials.
  • Discuss novel correlation phenomena in natural and artificial 2D systems.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on lectures, exercises and a compulsory project work including a classroom presentation. The classes are given in English and 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, project work: 30 hours, self study: 95 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

Re-sit exam may be changed from written, to an oral examination

Course materials

Review articles in scientific journals, supporting textbooks will be suggested. Material used will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Information will be avalibe on Blackboard at the begining of the semester

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL323 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL510 Sluppenvegen 14 20
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E 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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