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Winter 2013: MATRL 218/CHEM 277: An introduction to inorganic materials

Course outline: PDF

Phelps 1417, T & R, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm: Office hours following class or by appointment


International Tables for Crystallography Volume A: Space-group symmetry

Printable (PDF) periodic table from NIST with electronic configurations. You so need this !

The VESTA Crystal Structure drawing package (and more): Download and install from here.

This program works on all platforms. It is required for assignments.

Database of some mineral crystal structures. The cif files that can be downloaded are directly read by VESTA.

A demo version of the principal database of Inorganic Crystal Structures is available at FIZ Inorganic Crystal Structure Database

Plane group sketcher (requires Java): "escher"

CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemistry online (useful physical and chemical data including solid state properties). CRC Online

PDF file of bond valence parameters including the exponential bond valence relationship, and the source cif file: CIF from CCP14


Date Description Resources Assignment
T 1/8 Phosphors for SSL as an example of understanding structure–property relations
R 1/10 Classification, glasses, quasicrystals, etc. + handouts Lekkerkerker | Zachariasen | Duwez | Jannsen | Tsai
T 1/15 Symmetry + handouts faujasite.vesta | faujasite.png | IUCr-Symmetry | 2D Plane Groups Assign. 1
R 1/17 Symmetry (contd.) + Structures 1 Krishna-Pandey | SpaceGroups 1
T 1/22 Structures 1 (contd.) Handout on symmetry analysis Assign. 2
R 1/24 Structures 1 (contd.) + Structures 2 Bond Valence 1 + Bond Valence 2 + handout
T 1/29 Structures 2 (contd.) SpaceGroups 2 Assign. 3
R 1/31 Structures 2 (contd.) + Structures 3
T 2/5 Structures 3 (contd.) + Cohesion 1 Handout on lattices of ions, Born-Haber etc Assign. 4
R 2/7 In-class midterm
T 2/12 Cohesion 1 (contd.)
R 2/14 Cohesion 1 (contd.) Assign. 5
T 2/19 Cohesion 2 and Cohesion 3 Handout on free electrons in solids
R 2/21 Guest lecture on thermal conductivity by Dr. Taylor Sparks
T 2/26 Cohesion 3 (contd.) and Magnetism d2 systems | Burdett
R 2/28 Magnetism Handout on crystal fields
T 3/5 No class
T 3/7 Magnetism and superconductivity Intro. talk on superconductivity: PDF
T 3/12 Superconductivity Take-home final