2024 Solid State Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Taniguchi Kouji 
Class Format
Lecture    (Face-to-face)
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Tue3-4(M-155(H1104))  Fri3-4(M-155(H1104))  
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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, Para magnetism,

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 & Bonds in solids Explain the origin of the bond in crystals.
Class 2 Crystal strcuture and symmetry Explain the crystal structure and symmetry.
Class 3 Reciprocal lattice space Explain the first Brillouin zone.
Class 4 Lattice vibration and dispersion relations Explain atomic motion in one-dimensional system.
Class 5 Lattice specific heat based on Einstein model Explain lattice specific heat based on Einstein model.
Class 6 Lattice specific heat based on Debye model Explain lattice specific heat based on Debye model.
Class 7 Electronic structure of solids Explain the density of states of metal.
Class 8 Band theory for nearly free electron Explain the origin of the band gap.
Class 9 Band theory described by tight binding model Explain the difference in insulator and metal.
Class 10 Electrical conduction Explain electric resistivity of metal.
Class 11 Optical properties described by the response for electromagnetic waves in solids Explain the origin of metallic luster.
Class 12 Optical properties described by quantum mechanics Explain direct and indirect transitions.
Class 13 Semiconductor properties Explain the electronic structure of semiconductor.
Class 14 Magnetism of a solid crystal Explain some paramagnetisms seen in a solid

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics, Tatsumi Kurosawa: Condensed Matter Theory, Hiroyuki Yaguchi: Solid State Physics from Fundamental

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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