OverviewChemists and physicists are now playing an important role in the growing field of materials research. More recently there has been a growing interest, driven by technological needs, in materials with specific functions and this requires a combination of physics and chemistry. For example, new materials are needed for the energy industry (batteries and fuel cells), for the optics and electronics industry (semiconductors, lasers and wave-guides), and for the environment (sensors, actuators and ‘smart’ materials). The aim of this module is to introduce students to this area of modern materials and techniques.
Examples of the topics that might typically be covered are:
1. Crystal growth and defects.
2. Liquid crystals.
3. Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
4. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS).
This module appears in:
28 hours of lectures, 3 hours of examples classes.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Examination: 80%; Coursework: 20%.
• Wright, Molecular Crystals, Cambridge University Press, 1995, [QD921].
• Solid state chemistry and its applications - Anthony West, Anthony R. West 2014
• Smart and Moore, Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, Chapman & Hall, 1992, [QD454].
• Agullo-Lopez, Catlow and Townsend, Point Defects in Materials, Academic, 1988, [QC 176.8.D3].
• A. P. Sutton, “The electronic structure of materials”, Oxford University Press ISBN: 0198517548
• Interrante and Hamden-Smith, “Chemistry of Advanced Materials” Wiley, 1998 [TA403]
• Philibert “Atom Movements”, Editions de Physique, 1991 [QC176]
• Dieter Vollath “Nanomaterials: An Introduction to Synthesis, Properties and Applications”
• Supplemented by up-to-date research literature from “Web of Science” and lecturers’ own research publications in peer-reviewed journals.
A systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current topics of interest in materials research.