SolidState/Materials Chemistry
(Spring 2015 @ Duke University)
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of materials science, as well as modern topics in the literature. Topics that will be covered include: bonding, crystal structure, defects, diffusion, phases, as well as the electrical, thermal, optical, magnetic, and chemical properties of metals, ceramics, and nanomaterials. In addition to covering how atomic bonding and crystal structure impact the properties of bulk solids, consideration will also be given to the impact of quantization effects on nanomaterial properties. The last section of the course will focus on fabrication and characterization techniques for thin films, enabling students to understand how material synthesis is linked to resulting material structure, which in turn leads to certain material properties. Weekly lectures will be supplemented by class discussion/activities and presentations.
Syllabus: Syllabus Spring 2015
Lectures 
NOTE: Slides are only supplemental to lecture material given on the board during class 




Th, 1/8 
Course overview, Material classifications and metrics 




T, 1/13 
Atomic structure and bonding 




Th, 1/15 
Structure of crystalline solids 



T, 1/20 
Crystal defects, nonstoichiometry, & imperfections in solids 




Th, 1/22 
Diffusion 



T, 1/27 
Phase diagrams 




Th, 1/29 
Phase diagrams (cont) 



T, 2/3 
Phase transformations 




Th, 2/5 
Electrical properties 



T, 2/10 
Magnetic and thermal properties 




Th, 2/12 
Optical properties 




T, 2/17 
MIDTERM EXAM 




Th, 2/19 
CLASS CANCELLEDICE STORM 




T, 2/24 
CLASS CANCELLED  
Th, 2/26 
CLASS CANCELLED  
T, 3/3 
Vacuum science and technology  Slides  Homework 6  
Th, 3/5 
Thin film deposition (PVD and CVD)  Slides  
T, 3/10 
SPRING BREAK  
Th, 3/12 
SPRING BREAK  
T, 3/17 
Nanomaterials overview; 2D, 1D, 0D confinement  
Th, 3/19 
Quantization effects on electrical properties  
T, 3/24 
Project Preparation Time  
Th, 3/26 
Project Preparation Time  
T, 3/31 
PROJECT PRESENTATIONS / PROJECT PAPER DUE  
Th, 4/2 
PROJECT PRESENTATIONS  
T, 4/7 
Quantization effects on optical properties  
Th, 4/9 
Unique applications of quantized nanomaterials  
T, 4/14 
Course review for Final Exam 