Brandi Michelle Cossairt
Overview of basic principles, techniques, and applications associated with solid materials. Topics include description of crystals, examples of crystal structures, structural analysis, band structures of solid materials, preparation of materials, materials for microelectronics, and materials for information technology. Prerequisite: CHEM 453 or CHEM 455. Offered: jointly with MSE 484; ASp.
This course will develop basic theories of bonding in main group clusters and solids, including three center bonding, polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory, and band theory. This theoretical framework will be developed as we survey the chemistry and applications of group 13 – 16 molecular clusters (boron hydrides, fullerenes, etc.), as well as single element and binary materials (Si, GaAs, etc.). We will finish the class with a discussion of nanostructures and nano-scale synthesis as a bridge between molecular clusters and solid-state materials.
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