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Inorganic materials are an integral part of our everyday lives. It is customary to distinguish between construction materials such as concrete, steel and the like, and advanced materials with specific physica lproperties for specific applications, such as semiconductors, magnetic memory, etc. The course in inorganic materials chemistry is primarily designed to provide an introduction to advanced inorganic materials and in particular the relationship between composition, structure and physica lproperties. The course is for students in the final grades of the MSc program in Chemical Engineering or students at the Master level.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KD2150 (Spring 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basiccoordinationchemistryofmetalsandceramics
  • Determinationofsolidsstructures, practical useofdatabases
  • Electricalproperties ofmetalsandsemiconductors
  • Magneticandopticalpropertiesofmaterials
  • Productionand characterization ofnewmaterials
  • Theoreticalmodelsfor thedescriptionof thematerialfunction
  • MaterialsChemistryfor the paperandpulp production
  • High performance
  • Inorganicmaterialsin biological systems
  • Environmentally friendlymaterials

Intended learning outcomes

After having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the relationship between structure and chemical bonding, and from this insight to draw general conclusions about the material's physical properties
  • describe how a substance band structure is constructed and from this band structure draw conclusions about the material's electronic conductivity
  • describe the most common experimental techniques used for structure determination, and the type of information they can provide and their limitations
  • describe the basic principles of X-ray crystallography and how they are applied to obtain an crystal structure at atomic resuolution level
  • describe how semiconductors are made, which structures they have and predict the consequences of doping with electron-rich and electron-poor materials
  • explain how simple semiconductor devices are constructed and work
  • describe the mechanisms of electronic and ionic charge transport in inorganic materials
  • describe the atomic or molecular properties that give rise to macroscopic magnetic and optical properties of inorganic materials
  • explain the construction of binary phase diagrams and the use of phase diagrams for describing an inorganic binary system's temperature and composition dependence
  • present an overview of particle size relevant to the chemical and physical properties of a material
  • in projects to immerse themselves in a certain type of material, and oral and written clearly describe the results of their classmates
  • plan and carry out a laboratory project in several stages under the supervision comprehensive synthesis, analysis, implementation and reporting

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

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Bradley D. Fahlman, Materials Chemistry, 2:nd edition, Springer.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: 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

Examination (TEN1; 4,5 credits)
Project work (PRO1; 1,5 credits)
Laboratory course (LAB1; 1,5 credits)

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 KD2150

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Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Will replace 3B1456