Spring 2022 - CHEM 440 D100

Solid State Materials Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 8114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB 5120, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Zuo-guang Ye
  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C-.



The study of the detailed chemistry of solid state inorganic materials in terms of crystal structures, bonding, preparative methods, analytical and characterization techniques, mixed valence states, solid solutions, defects and non-stoichiometry, molecular mechanisms of the optical, electronic, ionic, magnetic and dielectric properties, and materials applications in advanced technology. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Combined graduate course: CHEM 740 - Solid State Materials Chemistry (3)

Mode of Teaching:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus
Tutorial: In-person at Burnaby campus

Prerequisites: CHEM 340, or Permission of the Instructor.

1. Crystal structures, symmetry and properties.
2. Bonding in solids, molecular orbitals and band structures.
3. Solid state synthetic methods and applications of phase diagrams.
4. X-ray diffraction and other analytical and characterization techniques.
5. Crystal defects, non-stoichiometry and solid solutions.
6. Transition metal oxides and mixed valence states.
7. Electronic and ionic properties.
8. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties.
9. Magnetic and optical properties.


  • Homework/Assignments 15%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Term Paper/Seminar Presentation 20%
  • Final Exam (or Second Midterm Exam) 35%



Anthony R. West. Solid State Chemistry and its Applications. 2nd Edition. 2014. Publisher: Wiley.
ISBN: 9781118796177

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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