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MH2300 Functional Materials 6.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2300 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Functional materials  refer to materials that primarily are not used for their mechanical properties, but for other properties such as physical, chemical etc. The Course deals with:

·        Intermetallic materials, including

o superalloys

o memory metals/alloys

o surface coating materials

·         Biomaterials

·         Advanced ceramic materials, including

o ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials

o electric insulators

o thermal barrier coatings

·         Magnetic materials

·         Electronic materials, including

o elementary and composite semiconductors

o conductive polymers

o ionic conductor

·         Catalytic materials

The course also includes knowledge of which "functions" that can be built in to a material and how one can maximise the performance of the material. Furthermore, information retrieval to find the relevant literature data about functional materials is brought up.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  •  Describe the properties of different functional materials and formulate models of the underlying physical and chemical phenomena.
  • State and compare the most important properties of functional materials including accessibility, price, manufacturability, sustainability, recyclability and environmental impact.
  • Search and critically analyse literature data on properties of functional materials.
  • Argue for the choice of functional materials for existing and new applications.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in Materials science corresponding to the course MH1024 Fundamentals of Materials Science - Metallic Materials, or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • TEN1 - Written examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 3.0 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.

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

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Pavel Korzhavyi,