2019 Advanced Solid-state Physical Chemistry I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Hitosugi Taro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] Devices based on solid-state physical chemistry play a crucial role in the society. The contribution of the devices ranges from semiconductor to energy devices. The core of the lecture lies in the understandings of the response of electrons and ions under an electric field.

[Aim of the course] Solid-state physical chemistry is a very practical and evolving subject.
This lecture is on the fundamentals of physics and chemistry of devices based on solid-state physical chemistry, such as semiconductor and energy devices.

Student learning outcomes

1) Understand solids from both chemistry and physics point of view.
2) Explain the working principles and the prospects of semiconductor and energy devices.


energy band, electronic conduction, ionic conduction, solid electrolytes, superionic conductors, superconductors, light emission, interactions between solids and light, nano effects, quantum well, semiconductor devices, energy devices

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course proceeds in the following order: (1) Solid-state physical chemistry, (2) semiconductor device (memory, transistor, light emitting device), (3) solid-light interactions. In the last class, exercises and explanation of the answers are given to assess the understandings of students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Solid-state electrochemistry and its impact to society Explain the role of solid-state electrochemical device in the society.
Class 2 Understand the differences of bulk, surfaces, and interfaces Explain the characteristic properties of bulk, surfaces, and interfaces.
Class 3 Fourier transform and its impact to chemistry Explain the essence of "wave number."
Class 4 Classifying solid-state materials Explain materials properties from band structures.
Class 5 Semiconductor devices and fabrication processes Explain the fundamentals of semiconductor technologies.
Class 6 Solid-state light emitting device (LED) Explain the mechanism of light emission from solids.
Class 7 Interactions between solids and light Explain the responses of electrons irradiated with light.
Class 8 Solve the exercises. Solve the exercises to deepen the understandings of the covered topics.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

P. G. Bruce, Solid State Electrochemistry, ISBN-10: 0521599490
A. R. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, ISBN-10: 1119942942
C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, ISBN-10: 047141526X
S. M. Sze, Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology, ISBN-10: 0470873671
P. Atkins, J. De Paula, Atkins' Physical Chemistry, ISBN-10: 019969740X

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed on their achievements of final exam and exercise problems.

Related courses

  • CAP.A444 : Advanced Solid-state Electrochemistry II
  • CAP.A461 : Advanced Solid State Chemistry I
  • CAP.A462 : Advanced Solid State Chemistry II
  • CAP.A441 : Advanced Electrochemistry I
  • CAP.A442 : Advanced Electrochemistry II
  • CAP.A401 : Scope of Chemical Science and Engineering IA
  • CAP.A402 : Scope of Chemical Science and Engineering IIA

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

No prerequisites are necessary. Recommend to enroll the related courses (Advanced solid-state physical chemistry II (CAP.444).

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Taro Hitosugi hitosugi.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

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Please contact me by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.


Students are encouraged to study this course and the Advanced Solid State Chemistry I (1Q; CAP.A461) to deepen the understandings of the topics.

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