Solid-State and Materials Chemistry


This course begins with basic crystallography and introduces common inorganic structure types as well as common defects in crystalline solids. With the aid of computer models, students will learn to analyze and index powder x-ray diffraction patterns. The relation between the atomic structure of a solid and its resulting electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and physical properties (e.g. optical, electrical, and mechanical) will be discussed throughout the semester with an emphasis on how crystal defects alter these properties. The course concludes with the use of phase diagrams to assess the composition and microstructure of metals and ceramics. Prerequisites, Chem 111A-112A
Course Attributes: FA NSM; AR NSM; AS NSM