Spring 2019 - CHEM 449 D100

Special Topics in Materials Chemistry (3)

Advanced Sensor Materials

Class Number: 5122

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2019
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 215, 260, 283 (or 284), and 12 units of upper division CHEM, all with a minimum grade of C-; or permission of the Department.



Selected topics in materials chemistry not regularly covered in chemistry undergraduate course offerings. Topics may vary from year to year and may include (but are not limited to): materials with tunable optoelectronic properties, trace element analysis of materials using non-destructive techniques, materials with applications in producing and utilizing chemical energy.


Concepts important to contemporary materials research will be discussed. Intermolecular forces and the self-assembly of thin film microstructures and nanostructures. Materials important to applications in optical and electronic devices. Descriptive/semiquantitative approach to processes and properties of solid state materials. Band structure, excited state coupling and energy transport. Quantum confinement, disordered systems.

4 lecture hours/week

Lecture Topics:

  • Intermolecular interactions in solution and solid state (pi stacking, hydrogen bonding, etc.)
  • Film formation in functional materials and their applications
  • Electronic structure of materials in 0,1,2, and 3 dimensions
  • Optical properties and excited state transport
  • Introduction to disordered semiconductors


  • Tests 70%
  • Presentation 30%


For Students Taking Chem 849

Distinguishing features from CHEM 449:
Graduate students in CHEM 849 will be given additional reading assignments from the contemporary literature, additional questions on the examinations, and a higher degree of rigor and depth will be required during their presentations.

Grading for 849:

  • Tests: 70%
  • Final Presentation: 30%
Prerequisites for Chem 849:
B.Sc. in Chemistry or permission of the Department.



Selections of reading will be provided through Canvas throughout the course.


J. I. Gersten & F. W. Smith. The Physics and Chemistry of Materials. 1st Edition. 2001. Publisher: Wiley.
ISBN: 9780471057949

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

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