Master’s studies

Syllabus for Energy Related Materials and Catalysis

Energirelaterade material och katalys


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB272
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2013-03-21
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-04-28
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 90 credits in chemistry and physics, of which at least 60 credits in chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry, 10 credits, and Physical Chemistry, 5 credits, or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the students should be able to

  • use relevant experimental methods to synthesise and characterise both nanostructured and bulk materials for energy-related applications and catalysis
  • identify and use theoretical models to interpret data from different chemical characterisation methods in the research field of energy-related materials and catalysis
  • explain chemical bonding, coordination, and structure in terms of crystal and ligand field theory for both solid state materials and molecular systems
  • explain how the geometry as well as electronic structure of molecules and solid state materials affect their chemical properties with relevance for renewable energy and/or catalytic applications.
  • predict and interpret the electronic structure of materials used in renewable energy systems using relevant electronic structure theories.
  • summarise the principles of homogeneous catalysis and give examples of catalytic reactions related to fuel production and energy conversion
  • review a limited research field based on relevant scientific literature.


Synthesis of materials: Solid state, sol-gel, gas phase (CVD/ALD). Characterisation of materials and surfaces: XRD, SEM and TEM, XPS, TGA, and DSC. Synthesis of bulk and nanomaterials, chemical properties of energy-relevant materials at the nanoscale. Crystal field theory for solid-state materials. Semiconductors and their use in energy relevant applications. Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Surface properties and function in heterogeneous catalysis. Structure, bonding and reactivity of coordination compounds and metalloorganic complexes based on transition metals. 18-electron rule and MO theory. Mechanisms for ligand substitution and ligand activation.

The course includes a literature study project as well as a substantial laboratory project.


Lectures, seminars, project work and laboratory work.


Two written examinations ( 2+3credits) and seminars (2 credits). To complete the course, it is necessary to additionally pass the laboratory project (2 credits) and the literature project (1 credit). The final grade will be based on the weighted sum of all of these components.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017

The course is based on lecture notes and handouts. The following books are suggested to complement these: G. O. Spessard and G. L. Miessler, Organometallic Chemistry - Second Edition, Oxford University Press, B.D. Fahlman, Materials Chemistry, Springer and Anthony R. West, Solid State Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons. For further information, please contact the responsible department.