1. Knowledge of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics: postulates, wave functions,|
operators, Hamiltonian, and the uncertainty relation;
2. Being able to construct the normalized eigenfunctions of the Hamiltonian of a particle on a line, and for the
harmonic oscillator. Being able to calculate expectation values for position, momentum and energy;
3. Qualitative understanding of the s and p functions of the hydrogen atom, anti-symmetry, the Pauli exclusion
principle, and how these concepts are used in the "aufbau" principle of the periodic system;
4. Being able to give a qualitative description of bonding in simple molecules, by applying the MO-LCAO
method. Understanding the difference between sigma and pi bonds.
Being able to calculate the charge on each atom in the molecule;
5. Being able to apply the Huckel method to describe pi-bonding in (cyclic) hydrocarbons;
6. Knowledge on the structure of the 3 main classes of materials (metals, polymers and ceramic materials)
on molecular, microscopic and macroscopic level;
7. The mechanical properties of these materials, and their relationships with te underlying structure;
8. The electrical properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors, and their relationships
with the underlying structure.
9. Explain basis structure-property relationships of polymers explaining their mechanical,
optical and electronic properties;
10. Identify characteristic structural motifs of polymers leading to specific properties and
estimate properties from given problems and examples;
11. Search systematically for information, following a search strategy;
12. Write a group essay and present a poster on a given topic, and discuss findings;
Matter and materials are the central themes in this module: from fundamental quantum matter of which properties are ruled by the laws of quantum mechanics, via atoms, bonds between atoms, to larger microscopic and macroscopic structures with mechanical and electrical properties that are used everywhere in our society. |
An introduction to quantum mechanics and the quantum chemical description of atoms and molecules is given.
This is complemented by lectures on materials science, in which the structure of materials is described and discussed, from individual atoms, to unit cells, to microstructures on larger mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales.
The main mechanical and electrical properties that emerge from this microstructure are also discussed. Because of the importance of polymers for chemical engineers, their properties are discussed in a series of lectures. In the Project Materials for Energy all gained knowledge from the theoretical lecture series is applied in a literature survey on a materials-related topic in the field of energy harvesting, production, storage, or a closely related area.