Course title: Survey of Materials
Class hours and location: Term 1B, Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 12:30-15:30, Blue bldg. room 407
Course websites: zhugayevych.me/edu/Materials, http://skoltech.instructure.com/courses/1241
Educational: code MA06063, 4 weeks by 40 hours, 6 ECTS, graduate level (MSc/PhD), core course in Materials Science
Instructor: Andriy Zhugayevych
Office hours: Wednesday or by appointment
Co-Instructors: Artem Abakumov, Boris Fine, Albert Nasibulin, Artem Oganov, Vasiliy Perebeinos, Mikhail Skvortsov, Keith Stevenson, Sergey Tretiak, Pavel Troshin
T.A.: per lecturer, Artem Naumov, Dmitry Aksenov
The course teaches fundamentals of modern Materials Science (Part I of the course) and provides a survey of materials (Part II), covering all relevant Skoltech research areas and beyond, with brief explanation of structural, electronic, physical, chemical or other properties of materials relevant for their practical use, or from the point of view of utilizing their unique properties in applications.
It is a core course in Materials Science educational track providing a reference knowledgebase for the rest of material-specific courses as well for student research.
Intended learning outcomes:
- Basic knowledge of fundamentals of modern Materials Science as required in the output of the educational track and as an input for the rest of material-specific courses.
- Ability to understand and review scientific publications in Materials Science and Engineering as well as communicate orally or through writing the results of research to materials scientists and engineers.
- Knowledge of major classes of technologically important materials including structure, functional properties, and practical use.
- Ability to analyze and optimize existing materials, find practical use of them, and design new materials.
- Part II of the course should give students a flavor of what research in Materials Science is conducted at Skoltech and attract students to this research.
- 25% – 4 homeworks
- 25% – 3 team projects + your presentation skills
- 15% – Part I exam (theory + practice), everybody must pass it
- 25% – final project (presentation + discussion + science + report)
- 10% – participation
- Become familiar with Skoltech regulations on grading, academic integrity, and attendance.
- Identical homework solutions are not counted.
- Additional homeworks may be taken to replace the worst grades.
- Projects are assessed as follows:
- 40% – written report (75% content, 25% presentation)
- 40% – oral presentation (50% content, 25% presentation, 25% discussion)
- 20% – discussion of other projects
Prerequisites: The course relies on basic knowledge of theoretical physics or chemistry including quantum mechanics and statistical physics at undergraduate level, though most of the lectures should be understandable with only a general physics or chemistry background. See also Background textbooks and Required/optional software.
- W A Harrison, Electronic structure and the properties of solids (Dover, 1989)
- N W Ashcroft, N D Mermin, Solid state physics (Cengage Learning, 1976)
- C Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (Wiley, 2005), 8ed
- D G Pettifor, Bonding and structure of molecules and solids (Oxford, 1995)
- W D Callister Jr, D G Rethwisch, Materials science and engineering (Wiley, 2014), 9ed
- See the complete list here
See Schedule and timeline for the most accurate list of topics.
- Introduction. What is modern Materials Science. Materials Science at Skoltech. Micro-, meso- and macroscales
- Classification of materials. Crystalline, amorphous, glasses, polycrystals, quasicrystals, thin films, low-dimensional structures, nanostructures. Metals, semi-metals, semiconductors, insulators, superconductors. Bonding: metallic, covalent, ionic, molecular solids, liquid crystals
- Atomistic structure. Crystallography. Amorphous solids
- Electronic structure and properties
- Most common crystal and molecular structures. Structural transitions, phase diagrams, polymorphism. Brief survey of materials
- Tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors (Si, Ge, GaAs, ZnS)
- Nanomaterials: layers, quantum dots, quantum wires
- Pi-conjugated systems: small molecules, conjugated polymers, graphene, fullerene, DNA
- Pnictide and chalcogenide semiconductors (As, Se, As2Se3, GeTe), phase change memory (Ge2Sb2Te5)
- Ionic conductors (AgI) and storage materials (LiTiO2,LiFePO4), battery applications, fuel cells, zeolites, solid electrolytes
- Other materials covered in Guest Lectures