After this course the student is able to:|
a) Binary phase diagrams - definition of phases, phase separation lines, structure of the different phases; know that there is a relation between composition and properties; how to calculate the composition of different phases (lever rule); non-equilibrium cooling; (im)miscibility; thermodynamics of mixing&phase diagrams; Fe-C phase-diagram
b) Phase transformations – homogeneous/heterogeneous nucleation; Avrami growth equation; rate of phase transformations; how do phases transform into each other when temperature or concentrations are changed; what is the structure of the phase
c) Diffusion – random walker model – relation with diffusion equations (Fick’s first/second law); parameters that determine diffusion coefficient D; types of diffusion-interdiffusion, self-diffusion, vacancy diffusion, interstititial diffusion, tracer diffusion & correlation factor, grain boundary diffusion; structural effect on D
d) explain the relation between properties, structure/composition and synthesis for inorganic materials.
e) explain the basics of epitaxial growth and strain within materials.
f) describe the principles of the commonly used physical vapour deposition techniques and chemical vapour deposition techniques for films.
g) describe the principles of sol gel and sintering techniques for bulk materials.
h) evaluate and justify which technique to use to optimize a specific material parameter
The course Chemistry and Technology of Inorganic Materials deals with the relation between material synthesis and structure/composition. It will focus on the effect of specific synthesis techniques on the achieved microstructure, which determines the material properties, and therefore, can determine specific functionalities in materials.|
The course consists of lectures on the relation between microstructure and applied synthesis techniques (thin film, thick film, bulk) of inorganic materials. Various physical vapour deposition techniques as well as chemical vapour techniques for films will be discussed as well as sol gel and sintering techniques for obtaining bulk materials. The effect of strain in materials, caused by epitaxial growth, will also be studied.