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.
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.