Solid State Chemistry

NAME OF THE COURSE Solid State Chemistry



Year of study


Course teacher

Assoc Prof Slobodan Brinić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

To obtain the knowledge on design and development of materials with pre-required properties based on understanding the structure of solids in its influence on physical-chemical properties, understanding of phase relations, chemical synthesis, reaction kinetics as well as characterisation methods.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Taken and passed courses in General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After the the course students will be able to:
- Understand and use the terminology of crystallography
- Identify the structure of crystalline compounds
- Assess the characteristics of solids based on the knowledge of its structure
- Understand and describe the techniques of synthesis and preparation of materials
- Understand and describe the structure of materials characterization techniques

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1. lecture: Properties of solid substances, types of bonds in solids - the impact of bonded and non-bonded electrons on the structure and properties of solids.
2. lecture: The structure of metals and alloys. Metal bond theory. Theory of semiconductors and insulators. Superconductivity.
3. lecture: The crystallographic systems - Bravais grid, Miller indices, common crystal structures,
4. lecture: Types of crystal defects and their impact on material properties
5. lecture: Structure is not crystal - amorphous materials, glass, glass-ceramic, metallic glasses
6. lecture: Electrical properties of materials (thermoelectric effects, piezo-, pyro- and ferroelektricity).
7. lecture: Magnetic properties of materials (paramagnetism, ferro-, feri- and anti-ferromagnetism, structure and properties of magnetic materials).
8. lecture: Optical properties (luminescence, lasers). Crystal imperfections and non-stoichiometry. Diffusion.
9. lecture: Ionic conductivity, solid electrolytes.
10. lecture: Phase diagrams and phase transitions (thermodynamics and kinetics)
11. lecture: Synthesis and preparation of materials - particles, films, coatings, single crystals, nanomaterials and composites, physical processes and reaction kinetics, microstructure development, self-organizing structures and macrostructures
12. lecture: Basic methods of characterization of solids, electron microscopy and diffraction, X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, spectroscopic methods

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

The 80% presence at lectures and seminars, and completed all laboratory exercises.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

Prior to joining the laboratory exercises, students’ knowledge of the material concerned exercises will be verified by tests. All exercises must be completed.
Students who obtain a signature from the course Solid State Chemistry can take the exam. The exam consists of a written and oral examination. The student approached the oral exam must first pass a written examination. The written part of the exam lasts two hours. The written part of the exam is evaluated as follows :
Exactly solved more than 55 % - sufficient
Exactly solved more than 70 % - good
Exactly solved more than 80 % - very good
Exactly solved more than 90 % - excellent
After the written exam on the notice board of the Department will be advertised results of the exam and time when students which did not pass the written exam can view tasks and schedule for oral examinations for students which have acquired this right.
A complete examination or part thereof may be installed through two partial tests during the semester. The tests cover material presented in lectures, seminars and exercises. Written tests are evaluated in the following manner:
Exactly solved more than 55 % - released a written exam
Exactly solved by 60 % - freed written and oral - sufficient
Exactly solved by 70 % - freed written and oral - good
Exactly solved by 80 % - freed written and oral - very good
Exactly solved by 90 % - freed written and oral - excellent
It is necessary to pass all tests in order to pass the exam. Students who did not meet any of the tests must take written and oral exam of that part.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

A.R. West, Basic Solid State Chemistry, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999.


C.N.R. Rao, J. Gopalakrishnan, New Direction in Solid State Chemistry, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997.


Brinić, Slobodan: Predavanja iz Kemije čvrstog stanja



Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

A. K. Cheetham, P. Day, Solid State Chemistry: Techniques, Reprint edition, Oxford University Press; 1990.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- Information from interviews, observations, and consultation with students during lectures
- Student survey

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)