Course title
Solid State Chemistry


Course description
In order to explain the properties of the solid materials, it is necessary to understand its structure and electronic configuration of single atoms as well as atoms in the crystal structure. In this course, those topics will be covered. The crystal structure of solid materials will be described including crystallographic aspects. Chemistry of defects will be explained. The students will learn the x-ray diffraction technique and analysis of the data using the Rietveld method. The properties of the materials such as the ability to form solid-state solution, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties will be linked to their structure. The student will learn about the phenomenon of superconductivity and other applications of solid-state chemistry.
Purpose of class
The purpose of this course is to teach students how to describe materials in terms of their electronic and crystal structure as well as their morphology. During the course, the student will learn how to link the structure of the materials with their electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. The student can describe the different types of crystal structures, defects, and bondings
2. The student can describe the different synthesis and processing methods and crystallographic techniques that allow for identifying the materials
3. The student can explain the basic phenomena behind the material's properties.
4. The student can describe different measuring techniques that allow for identifying the materials as well for the investigation of their properties
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Crystal structures and crystal chemistry, part 1 lecture review at home 190分
2. Crystal structures and crystal chemistry, part 2 lecture review at home 190分
3. Crystal defects, non-stoichiometry, and solid solutions lecture review at home 100分
4. Bonding in solids lecture review at home 190分
reply to questionnaire #1 90分
5. Synthesis, processing, and fabrication methods lecture review at home 190分
6. Crystallography and diffraction techniques lecture review at home 100分
7. Introduction to Rietveld refinement lecture review at home 190分
reply to questionnaire #2 90分
8. Other techniques: microscopy, spectroscopy, thermal analysis lecture review at home 100分
9. Phase diagrams and their interpretation lecture review at home 190分
10. Electrical properties I lecture review at home 190分
reply to questionnaire #3 90分
11. Electrical properties II lecture review at home 190分
12. Magnetic properties lecture review at home 100分
13. Optical properties: luminescence and lasers preparation for report and presentation 160分
reply to questionnaire #4 90分
14. Final exam in class (delivery of report and presentation in front of colleagues) preparation for the final exam 210分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

questionnaires Final Exam Total.
1. 10% 15% 25%
2. 10% 15% 25%
3. 10% 15% 25%
4. 10% 15% 25%
Total. 40% 60% -
Evaluation method and criteria
The questionnaires will contribute 40% to the final grade (10% x 4 questionnaires).
The Final exam will contribute 60% to the final grade.
The student must earn a total score of 60% or more to pass.
Textbooks and reference materials
[1] Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, Student Edition, Willey, by Anthony R. West.
[2] A. C. Larson and R. B. von Dreele, GSAS General Structure Analysis System, Los Alamos National Laboratory Unclassfied Report, 2004, pp. 86–748.

all classes: ref [1]
class 6: ref [2]
The student needs to have knowledge & understanding of the content of General Chemistry A & General Chemistry B, whose details are in the syllabi of the two courses.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Contact via e-mail (substitute "[at]" with "@")
  • Contact e-mail addresses to Alicja Klimkowicz: alicja[at]
    to Kumkum Ahmed: kumkum[at]
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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