Syllabus for Materials Chemistry



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB210
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G2F, Technology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-16
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-01-18
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in science/engineering. Participation in Solid State Chemistry or the course can be taken in parallel.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and explain defects with different dimensionality in materials and be able to carry out equilibrium calculations for point defects according to Kröger-Vink's method.
  • describe and state the conditions for Fick's diffusion laws and apply them to solve diffusion problems as well as describe some diffusion mechanisms
  • draw and interpret binary and ternary phase diagrams and be able to describe the connection between the microstructure and appearance of the phase diagram.
  • explain central concepts in connection to phase transformation in crystalline and amorphous systems.
  • describe the connections between structure, bonding and property as well as state areas of applications for some technologically important amorphous and crystalline material systems.
  • describe some manufacturing processes for metallic and ceramic materials
  • give an overview account of an area of material science on the basis of relevant scientific literature


Defect theory, diffusion, phase transformations, ternary phase diagrams, connections between phase diagrams and microstructure. Structure and properties of technologically important crystalline and amorphous materials. Synthesis methods.

Laboratory work: Metallography, Solid-phase diffusion. Sintering of hydroxyapatit. This lab is performed in project form where students in different roles have to solve a problem within given framework.
Literature search in scientific literature and other sources.


Lectures, and laboratory work, seminars.


Written examination at the end of the course (7 credits). In order to pass the course, a pass in the laboratory course (including writing and oral presentations), as well as participation in seminars are also required (3 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Callister, William D.; Rethwisch, David G. Materials science and engineering : SI version

    9. ed.: New York: John Wiley, cop. 2015

    Find in the library

  • Physical Foundations of Materials Science [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library