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FCK3314 Solid State Chemistry: Structures and Methods 7.5 credits

This course is dedicated to solid materials, their structure, properties, and applications. Materials with engineered properties created by the development of processing and synthesis technologies will be classified and discussed according to their ability to conduct electricity, for example semiconductors, superconductors, piezoelectric crystals, magnetic materials and others. The solid-state synthesis routes and characterization methods, as a part of materials chemistry, will be also presented.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3314 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The crystalline state and description of crystal structures
  • Determination of solid structures, practical use of databases
  • Bands and bonding structure of solids
  • Physical properties of various solids
  • Production and characterization of some nanomaterials
  • Basic principles of X-ray diffraction
  • Basic principles of electron microscopy
  • Basic principles of solid state NMR spectroscopy

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should have the knowledge and ability to

  • Describe the relationship between structure and chemical bonding and draw conclusions about the physical properties of materials such as macroscopic magnetic, electrical and optical behavior, describe structure, physical properties of semiconductors and operation principles of semiconductor devices.(TEN1)
  • Describe the basic principles of solid-state NMR, X-rays diffraction and electron microscopy, describe and exercise selected methods of solid state synthesis. (LAB1, TEN1)
  • Describe how spectroscopic, diffraction, or microscopy methods are used or propose how they can be used in the PhD student’s own research project (PRO1)

Course disposition

The course comprises approximately 150 full-time study hours, including 24 hours Zoom and video lectures, 6 hours exercises Zoom seminars, 6 hours Zoom laboratory work, in addition to self-studies.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

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R. Tilley, Understanding Solids: The Science of Materials, 2e, Wiley 2013

Distributed material

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project report, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Approved exam (TEN1 4.0 ECTS)

Approved lab reports (LAB1: 2.5 ECTS)

Approved project report (PRO1: 1.0 ECTS)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Sergey Dvinskikh

Ethical approach

  • 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.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FCK3314

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Sergey Dvinskikh

Supplementary information

Lectures and seminars in the course are given parallel to the master course KD2155.

The course is to a certain extent carried out by distance learning via Zoom, the lectures (but not the lab) remain open to other participants.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry