Aims/Description: Many of the materials we encounter are solids, ranging from minerals and metals, to semiconductors and molecular crystals. These materials have diverse properties - mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, light absorption - that mean they can be used in lots of different ways, such as electronics or energy generation and storage. This module will look at the electronic, thermal, optical and mechanical properties of inorganic materials and cover microscopic, spectroscopic and diffraction techniques used to characterise solids. It will also illustrate how inorganic materials are used in, for example, semiconductor technology and energy conversion.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry

Staff Contact: PORTIUS PETER
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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