Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Principles of Solid State Chemistry

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce crystallography and crystallographic notation, X-ray emission and absorption, X-ray diffraction techniques (single crystal and powder), neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, and thermal analysis. Solid state synthetic methods, bonding and electronic properties of solids, defects, microporous and mesoporous solids. Optical, magnetic and electrical properties of solids will also be highlighted, as well as superconductivity, nanostructures and solids with low dimensional properties.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to offer a general overview of the various channels of solid state chemistry, discussing materials of interest in terms of their structures, synthesis, properties and applications.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Recall the seven crystal systems and fourteen Bravais lattices;
- Specify atomic planes, directions, and families of planes and directions within a given crystal structure using Miller indices;
- Correlate X-ray diffraction information with crystal structure;
- Compare and contrast the scattering of X-rays, neutrons and electrons within a crystal, and understand when one should use each of these to obtain structural information about a material.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Utilise band theory to describe the operation of modern semiconductor devices;
- Use thermodynamics to explain the presence of point defects in crystalline solids;
- Describe point, line, planar, and bulk imperfections in crystalline solids, and explain how these imperfections interact;
- Identify the atomic-scale similarities and differences between amorphous and crystalline solids.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

Structure and dynamics: an atomic view of materials, Martin T. Dove, 1st ed. 2003.

The basics of crystallography and diffraction. Christopher Hammond, 2015.

Supplementary Readings:

Fundamentals of Crystallography, Carmelo Giacovazzo, Hugo Luis Monaco , Gilberto Artioli, Davide Viterbo, Marco Milanesio, Gastone Gilli, Paola Gilli, Giuseppe Zanotti, Giovanni Ferraris, 3rd ed., 2011.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Progress Test SEM2 No 15%
Oral Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Liana Vella Zarb

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