15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT3332, MAT6390, MAT6391

Aims/Description: The aims of this module are: (a) To review bonding theories and models to explain the wide variety of electrical transport properties displayed by solids and in particular transition metal oxides (b) To review the topic of superconductivity, focusing primarily on cuprate-based materials, their applications and limitations (c) To establish the underpinning material science in key current technologies in the area of electroceramics such as capacitors and thermistors (d) To illustrate how thin electroceramics films are made and the key functional properties currently being exploited in a range of Si based devices (e) To establish the materials science which underpins refractory technology (f) To illustrate the science behind many of the main refractory materials in use today (g) To study the oxidation resistance of refractories in harsh environments (h) To describe the main processes in which refractories play a key role.

Staff Contact: HAND RUSSELL J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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