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Course module: 202000728
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Course module202000728
Credits (ECTS)9.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact M.A. van der Hoef
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Lecturer J.G.M. Becht
Lecturer J.E. ten Elshof
Contactperson for the course M.A. van der Hoef
Examiner M.A. van der Hoef
Lecturer G. Koster
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
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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.
Module 3
Participating study
Bachelor Chemical Science & Engineering
Required materials
William D. Callister & David G. Rethwisch, Fundamentals of Materials Science & Engineering, SI version, 5th edition (international edition), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9781118322697
M.A. van der Hoef: Quantum Mechanics of Atoms and Molecules: Lectures Notes + Exercises. Available from the Student Union. (no. 650)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes


Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance



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