Course memo Spring 2021
Headings denoted with an asterisk ( * ) is retrieved from the course syllabus version Spring 2019
Content and learning outcomes
This course looks at thermal energy transfer from both macroscopic and microscopic perspectives based on the fundamental principles and laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The course aims to provide an in-depth understanding on the principles of thermodynamics of materials and applications to production of inorganic materials (thin films, bulk), selection of materials for hostile environments, adsorption and chemisorption processes, surfaces and interfaces, phase equilibria and phase transformations, statistical and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, capillary processes and colloidal system. An important aspect is the introduction of nanothermodynamics, the thermodynamics of phenomena and processes at the nanometre scale.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Define fundamental thermodynamic parameters, their interrelation for chemical processes, and compute thermodynamic relations for a defined process,
- Explain and demonstrate the use of the Ellingham and Pourbaix diagrams,
- Apply thermodynamics to defects, phase equilibria, phase diagrams, and phase transitions in nano systems,
- Explain the basic principles of statistical thermodynamics,
- Explain the thermodynamics properties of colloidal dispersed systems, reflect differences from classical thermodynamics.
Preparations before course start
Thermodynamics of Materials, D V Ragone, Vols 1 & 2, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.
The book is outdated, and may be hard to reach electronically. A significant amount of additional recent research publications will be provided through Canvas platform.
Support for students with disabilities
Students at KTH with a permanent disability can get support during studies from Funka:
Funka - compensatory support for students with disabilities
Please inform the course coordinator if you need compensatory support during the course. Present a certificate from Funka.
Examination and completion
A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- INL1 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
- INL2 - Assignment, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
The section below is not retrieved from the course syllabus:
Assignment ( INL1 ), take home assignment
Assignment ( INL2 ), Oral project Presentation
Examination ( TEN1 ), Oral exam
Other requirements for final grade
All assignments and exam are obligatory for the completion of the course.
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
SK2760 Chemistry of Nanomaterials (7,5 hp)
SK2757 Project in Nanomaterials (7,5 hp)
Missing mandatory information
- Spring 2021-60229
Language Of Instruction