CHEM 410/713/7130-01: Chemistry of Inorganic Solid State Materials [Winter 2014]

Instructor.  Prof. Holger Kleinke

Contents. This course is concerned with the relations between crystal structure and electronic structure. The major goal is to understand and be able to predict materials properties solely based on the structure. Basic knowledge of simple solid state structures (e.g. NaCl, TiO2, CdI2, NiAs, MoS2 etc.) is highly recommended.
  Structure/materials families will comprise Zintl phases, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and (Mott) insulators.
  Topics include a short review of bonding concepts (VB, MO), electronic structure calculations, and transport properties.

   -   A. R. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, John Wiley, ISBN 0-471-90874-6.
   -   R. Hoffmann, Solids and Surfaces, VCH, ISBN 0-19-508992-8.
   -   J. K. Burdett, Chemical Bonding in Solids, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508992-8.
   -   C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, John Wiley, ISBN 0-471-11181-3.
    -    M. O'Keeffe, B. G. Hyde, Crystal structures: Patterns and Symmetry, Mineralogical Society of America.
    -    H. F. Franzen, Physical Chemistry of Solids, World Scientific.

Lectures. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:30 - 12:20, EIT-2053.

Office hours. Friday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., C2-067, or via email (

 CHEM 410: Assignments (20%), one midterm (30%), final exam (50%).
 CHEM 713/7130-1: Assignments (20%), one midterm (20%), one presentation or one report (20%), final exam (40%).

Schedule. Classes between 06-Jan-2014 and 04-Apr-2014. Reading week: 17-Feb - 21-Feb. Final will be announced by the registrar (08-Apr - 24-Apr).

Lecture notes and assignments etc.:  See course web page on LEARN.