Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Solid state and structural chemistry

Overall Course Objectives

To provide a basic knowledge of the structures of inorganic crystalline solids. To provide a general understanding of structure-property relationships for crystalline solids. To introduce theory and practice of powder diffraction for characterization and structure determination.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic inorganic structure types in terms of coordination and calculate inter-atomic distances
  • Demonstrate the building of crystalline materials in terms of symmetries, periodicity and crystal planes
  • Interpret space group symbols in terms of symmetry elements, crystal systems and point groups
  • Account for the fundamental X-ray diffraction theory and how it applies to powder diffraction
  • Express defects in Kroger-Vink notation and calculate activation energies and conductivity for ionic conductors
  • Describe and analyze non-stoichiometry and extended defects in crystalline materials
  • Relate chemical and physical properties of crystalline materials to their crystal structures
  • Use powder diffraction as a tool for structural characterization
  • Use crystallographic databases to collect and structure drawing tools to present crystallographic data
  • Critically read a crystallographic journal article

Course Content

Symmetry and structure of crystalline materials. Structure types. Defect chemistry. Chemical and physical properties of solids. X-ray crystallography with emphasis on powder diffraction. Experimental work with powder diffraction. Use of crystallographic databases.

Recommended prerequisites

26000/26050/26171/26027, General chemistry

Teaching Method

Lectures, problem solving, laboratory experiments and project work (weekly 1 day of up to 4 hours).


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 47339
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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