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Content and learning outcomes
This course looks at thermal energy transfer from both macroscopic and microscopic perspectives based on the fundamental principles and laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The course aims to provide an in-depth understanding on the principles of thermodynamics of materials and applications to production of inorganic materials (thin films, bulk), selection of materials for hostile environments, adsorption and chemisorption processes, surfaces and interfaces, phase equilibria and phase transformations, statistical and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, capillary processes and colloidal system. An important aspect is the introduction of nanothermodynamics, the thermodynamics of phenomena and processes at the nanometre scale.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Define fundamental thermodynamic parameters, their interrelation for chemical processes, and compute thermodynamic relations for a defined process,
- Explain and demonstrate the use of the Ellingham and Pourbaix diagrams,
- Apply thermodynamics to defects, phase equilibria, phase diagrams, and phase transitions in nano systems,
- Explain the basic principles of statistical thermodynamics,
- Explain the thermodynamics properties of colloidal dispersed systems, reflect differences from classical thermodynamics.
Literature and preparations
English B / English 6
Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials science, Chemistry or equivalent, including courses in mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits and courses in physics corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- INL1 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- INL2 - Assignment, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 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
All assignments and exam are obligatory for the completion of the course.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 SK2773