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IM2654 Smart Electronic Materials 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IM2654 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamentals of electronic theory of solids: "from bonds to bands"; Semiconductors; Solid electrolytes and fast ionic conductors; Linear dielectrics and ferroelectrics; Ferrites; Electro-optical ceramics; Photonic and laser materials; High-temperature superconducting ceramics; Photo- and x-ray sensitive oxides.

Intended learning outcomes

To familiarize the students with the main physical concepts of the broad class of electronic ceramics that exhibit different types of ordering: metallic, super conducting, ferroelectric, ferro- and antiferromagnetic. To show how variation in the electronic bonding and the atomic structure ranges ceramics properties from the highest electrical resistance to the lowest super conducting. To give the student the basic knowledge in ceramic material design, the correlation between crystalline and electronic structure and material performance.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge of mathematics and physics corresponding to the basic courses given during preceding three years at KTH.

Recommended prerequisites

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L.L. Hench and J.K. West, Principles of Electronic Ceramics, A Wiley-Interscience Publication, NY, 1990; L. Solymar, D. Walsh, Lectures on the Electrical Properties of Materials, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993; MRS Bulletin, Lecture notes, etc.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Sets of Quiz, one lab course report, and a review article on selected topic related to the course content (INL1;6.0 hp).

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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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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IM2654

Offered by

ICT/Material Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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