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Spring 2018: Materials 286G: Functional Inorganic Materials

Time and Place: M W 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm, Materials Lecture Room.

Office hours: After class or by appointment.


Printable (PDF) periodic table from NIST with electronic configurations.

Interactive periodic table with effective ionic radii (Shannon-Prewitt).

The VESTA Crystal Structure drawing package (and more): Download and install from here. This program works on all platforms.

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

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

Class schedule:

Date topic, files etc
M 4/2 Ruddlesden-Popper phases
W 4/4 High-TC superconductivity in copper oxides
Zip of oxide structures vesta files + RP and high-TC and CMR + More notes on superconductovity
M 4/9 Finish superconductivity, and discuss colossal manetoresistance (CMR)
Yet more notes on superconductovity + Key DOIs and links: Bednorz-Müller Nobel Lecture | Hwang, lattice effects in Mn oxides | Strain effects in Mn oxides | Local structure in LaMnO3
W 4/11 Insulator-to-metal transitions I
M 4/16 Insulator-to-metal transitions II
Key DOIs for MIT: Edwards and Sienko on universality | Percolation in composites | Review by Imada, Fujimori, and Tokura | Disorder by Lee and Ramakrishnan
W 4/18 Key DOIs for chalk talks: LiTi2O4 for Mitchell | The Nagaosa paper referenced by Kaveh |
M 4/23 Polar materials and ferroelectrics-1 | Polar materials and ferroelectrics-2
W 4/25 Key DOIs for chalk talks: 1, 2, and 3 for Eli on Cd2Re2O7 | 1a, 1b, 2, and 3 for Salva on MITs in thin-film perovskites.
M 4/30 Lone Pairs | Aurivillius
W 4/2 No class
M 5/7 Presentations by Julia and Sam. Papers for Julia on GaV4S8: 1 and 2. Document from Sam: PDF with links.
W 5/9 Presentation by Sam (continued) and semiconductors, Heuslers, etc.: PDF
M 5/14 Semiconductors, Heuslers, etc. continued.
W 5/16 Presentations by Emily Schueller (magnetic PDF) and Nicole Schauser (thinking about cathodes)
M 5/21 Thermal transport and thermoelectrics: PDF
W 5/30 Final Presentations
M 6/4 Final Presentations
W 6/6 Final Presentations

For material from previous quarters, please look at:

Winter 2018: Materials 218
Fall 2017: Materials 100A
Spring 2017: Chemistry 2C
Winter 2017: Materials 218
Spring 2016: Materials 286G
Winter 2016: Materials 218
Fall 2015: Materials 100A
Spring 2015: Chemistry 2C
Winter 2015: Materials 218
Fall 2014: Materials 286K
Spring 2014: Materials 286G
Winter 2014: Materials 218
Fall 2013: Materials 100A
Spring 2013: Chemistry 2C
Winter 2013: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Spring 2012: Materials 286G
Winter 2012: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Fall 2011: Materials 100A
Spring 2011: Chemistry 279
Winter 2011: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Fall 2010: Materials 100A
Spring 2010: Ethics
Spring 2010: Materials 286G
Winter 2010: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Spring 2009: Chemistry 2C
Winter 2009: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Non-crystalline materials
Fall 2008: Materials 265
Spring 2008: Materials 286G
Winter 2008: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Special stuff for 200B, 2008: Class on Soft Matter & Fall 2007: Materials 100A
Spring 2007: Materials 265
Winter 2007: Materials218/Chemistry 277
Spring 2006: Materials209BL
Winter 2006: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Fall 2005: Materials286G
Spring 2005: Materials265
Winter 2005: Materials218/Chemistry 277
Fall 2004: Materials100A
Winter 2004: Materials 218/Chemistry 277
Winter 2004: Chemistry 173B
Fall 2003: 100A
Fall 2003: Materials 225
Spring 2003: Materials 286C
Winter 2003: Materials/218/Chemistry 277