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KD2155 Solid State Chemistry: Structures and Methods 7.5 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2155 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The crystalline state and desciption 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 will be able 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 behaviour, describe structure, physical properties of semiconductors and operation principles of semiconductor devices.
  • Describe the basic principles of solid-state NMR, X-rays diffraction and electron microscopy, describe and exercise selected methods of solid state synthesis.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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

KF1165 Materials Chemistry and Properties


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

Distributed course material

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, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 5.0 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

Completed and passed all course components

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course overlaps with KD2150