2018 Solid State Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Kiguchi Manabu  Nishino Tomoaki 
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Tue3-4(H137)  Fri3-4(H137)  
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Course description and aims

The course teaches the fundamentals of thermal and electrical properties of solids based on the mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum chemistry, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
The aim of this course is understanding of the atomic and electronic structure, specific heat, electric conductivity, optical property, magnetism of solid. These physical properties are explained for metal, semiconductor, and insulators.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1. Have learned the method to describe the atomic and electronic structure of solids, and understand the properties based on this method.
2. Have gained fundamental of specific heat, electric conductivity, optical property, and magnetism of solid.
3. Have acquired fundamental of the difference in characters of solid among metal, semiconductor, and insulator.


Lattice, Reciprocal lattice, Electric conductivity, Specific heat, Phonon, Band structure, Fermi surface, Band gap, Plasmon, Paramagnetism, Ferromagnetism, Antiferromagnetism

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture including short exam.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of solid state chemics Explain the character of soild
Class 2 Crystal strcuture and reciprocal space Explain the crystal strcuture and reciprocal space
Class 3 Bond in crystals Explain the origin of the bond in crystals
Class 4 Atomic motion in one-dimensional system Explain atomic motion in one-dimensional system
Class 5 Lattice specic heat based on Einstein model Explain lattice specic heat based on Einstein model
Class 6 Lattice specic heat based on Debye model Explain lattice specic heat based on Debyemodel
Class 7 Electronic structure of solids Explain the density of states of metal
Class 8 Electric resistivity of metal Explain electric resistivity of metal
Class 9 Basic on the band theory Explain the relationship between wave number and energy
Class 10 Band theory for nearly free electron Explain the origin of the band gap
Class 11 Insulator and metal Explain the difference in insulator and metal
Class 12 Electronic strcuture of semiconductor Explain the electronic strcuture of semiconductor
Class 13 Collective excitation of electron: Plasmon Explain the plasmon resonance
Class 14 Magnetism of metal Explain magnetism of metal
Class 15 Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism Explain ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Solid state physics: Kittel

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.

Related courses

  • Chemical thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites

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