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Course Overview

This course introduces students to the fascinating properties of inorganic materials through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. An introduction to crystallography and crystal diffraction is given.  The students will also learn about solid state synthesis and the properties of important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, zeolites and ferroelectric materials.

In the laboratory practicals the students will synthesise some of the key materials described within the course such as coloured glass, high temperature superconductors and photocatalysts. Students will also gain hands on experience in powder X-ray diffraction.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of CM2007 Shapes, Properties & Reactions of Molecules (Passed) or CM2009 Shapes, Properties & Reactions of Molecules (Passed) or CM2516 Shapes, Properties and Reactions of Molecules (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM3020 Solid State Chemistry (Studied)
  • CM3037 Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry (Studied)
  • PX3012 The Solid State (Studied)
  • PX3016 Introduction to the Solid State (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course deals with the crystalline state and will provide theoretical and practical coverage of crystal structures and methods for their characterisation. The concepts of solid state synthesis, and the applications to chemistry will be introduced. Key concepts include:
  • Crystal symmetry
  • X-ray, Neutron and electron diffraction
  • Perovskites - structure and properties
  • Solid state synthetic methods.

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with PX 3016.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 ninety-minute written examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50% which consists of 5 laboratory reports).

Resit: 1 ninety-minute written examination (50%) plus carried over in-course assessment (50%). Only the marks obtained on first sitting will be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.


Informal feedback will be give to students after the tutorial exercises and practical reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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