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Marco Rolandi
MSE 351
Seattle Campus

Electronic Properties of Materials

Introduction to elementary solid-state concepts in materials, free electrons, and band theories. Principles to conduction in metals, insulators, semiconductors, and applications of semiconductors and devices. Prerequisite: MSE, 170, MSE 331. Offered: W.

Class description

Introduction to elementary solid-state concepts in materials, free electrons, and band theories. Principles of conduction in metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Applications of semiconductors and devices.

Student learning goals

Predict general trends of the materials properties based on the electron configuration, type of bonding, and arrangement of the elements in the periodic table.

Describe how the energy bands are formed in solid materials, and be able to read specific characteristics of the energy band diagram (Fermi energy level, band width, band gap, density of state, etc.), and describe the basic electronic properties of materials.

Estimate approximate values of the electrical conductivity for different types of materials. Be able to predict the order of magnitude of electrical conductivity of typical materials, such as quartz, Teflon, intrinsic Si, doped Si, Cu, Au, diamond, graphite, etc.

Describe how the metal-semiconductor and the p-n junction work. Describe the design concept for semiconductor junction fabrication.

Describe working principle and basic mechanisms of field effect transistors.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Marco Rolandi
Date: 12/11/2009