20555 Basics of Solid State Chemistry

Credits: 3 advanced seminar credits in Chemistry

Prerequisites: 36 credits in the Sciences, including General Chemistry1 (or General Chemistry I + General Chemistry II, for Biology Students; or General Chemistry I + General Chemistry II), and Inorganic Chemistry. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Required: Fundamentals of Physics or both Fundamentals of Physics I and Fundamentals of Physics II

The course is based on selected chapters from Basic Solid State Chemistry (2nd ed.), by A.R. West (John Wiley & Sons, 1999).

This course deals with a range of topics that are in the forefront of research and practice in Chemistry and has implications for all aspects of hi-tech. Topics include: Preparing materials and growing crystals (bulk or thin layer); Methods for characterizing materials such as diffraction, magnetism, microscopy, spectroscopy and thermal analysis; The structure of crystals (defects and electrical, magnetic and optic properties based on the structure and defects).

In the second part of the course, students write a seminar paper under the guidance of a supervisor. Seminar paper topics include preparing solar cells, methods for producing superconductors, lasers.

1or General Chemistry (20477 or 20487), which is no longer offered.