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KD2160 Structural Chemistry 7.5 credits

The courseinstructural chemistryconveyfundamental knowledgein the field ofsolid-state chemistry.The coursecovers thestructure determination ofcrystallinecompounds,the basics ofcrystallography,differentstructuralprinciplesofsolidsandthe relationship between structureand properties.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2160 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The crystalline state and description of crystal structures
  • Ionic radii and simple ionic structures
  • The VSEPR model and structures of compounds of the main-group elements
  • transition metals and lignad field theory
  • structures of non-metallic elements
  • polyanionic and polycationic structures
  • close packings and metal structures
  • structures of molecular compounds
  • structures of polymeric compounds
  • physical properties of solid compounds
  • symmetry as a ordering principle in solid phasesstructure
  • determination: diffraction methodsstructure
  • determination: spectroscopic methods

Intended learning outcomes

To give an introduction to the structural chemistry of organic and inorganic compounds.

To understand how the structures are influenced by the geometry of their building blocks.

To understand how complicated structure types can be built starting from simple structural principles.

To understand and to be able to explain the relationships between different structure types.

To be able to explain the properties of solid compounds starting out from their structure

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

Three years of study at the Degree Programme in Chemical Science and Engineering/ Degree Progr. in Engineering Chemistry, KTH, or equivalent.


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Anthony R. West: Basic Solid State Chemistry, 2nd edition, Wiley, 2000.

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 Course, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 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

Examination (TEN1, 4,5 credits)
Completed laboratory course (PRO1,1,5 credits)
Project (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 KD2160

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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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