Course title: Survey of Materials

Class hours and location: Term 1B, Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 9:00-12:00, Blue bldg. room 403

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Educational: code MA06063, 4 weeks by 40 hours, 6 ECTS, graduate level (MSc/PhD), core course in Materials Science

Instructor: Andriy Zhugayevych

Office: 223b

Office hours: Wednesday or by appointment

Phone: 3343


Co-Instructors: Artem Abakumov, Evgeny Antipov, Boris Fine, Albert Nasibulin, Artem R. Oganov, Vasiliy Perebeinos, Mikhail Skvortsov, Keith Stevenson, Sergey Tretiak, Pavel Troshin, Olga Ushakova

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.

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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.


Course Outline

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