Materials Chemistry (MatKem)

Course content

Solid state materials chemistry lies at the heart of many significant scientific advances from recent decades, for example the development of Li-ion batteries and solar cells and other technologies for sustiainable energy. The course introduces fundamental aspects of solid state chemistry and focuses on understanding the relation between atomic structure and material properties in solid state compounds.

Topics include:

  • The structure of solid state materials: Important crystal structures of metals, ionic compounds, and molecular network compounds. Defects in crystal structures and their influence on material properties
  • Bonding in solids
  • Characterization of solid state materials: X-ray and neutron scattering, powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy
  • Ionic diffusion in materials; structure/property relations in materials for Li- and Na- ion batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical devices
  • Electrical properties of materials: Conductivity, superconductivity, piezo- and ferroelectric materials
  • Magnetic materials, their structure and properties
  • Optical properties of solid state materials
  • Synthesis of solid state materials

BSc Programme in Chemistry

Learning outcome

Following the course, the student will be able to


  • Explain structure/property relations in important functional materials. e.g. for technologies for sustainable energy.
  • Compare different methods of analysis and explain their use in a given situation
  • Explain the principles and physical background of the most important characterization techniques in solid state chemistry
  • Critically read research papers in materials chemistry



  • Use structural databases and visualizations software to describe the structure of important functional materials
  • Perform Rietveld refinements of PXRD data.
  • Extract structural information from data from various characterization methods



  • Describe the structure of important crystal structures
  • Describe the bonding in solids, and relate to material properties
  • Describe the importance and influence of defects in crystal structures
  • Describes important material synthesis methods
  • Describe ionic diffusion in materials
  • Describe magnetic and electrical properties of materials

Lectures, exercises and written assignments, student presentations, and written project work

See Absalon for a list of course literature”. 

It is expected that the students are familiar with the content of the courses MatIntro, KemiU1, KemiU2, KemiBin or similar.

Continuous feedback during the course
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 14 days
Oral examination, 30 min (no preperation time)
Type of assessment details
The exam consists of two parts:
A) A written report including an introduction, discussion and assessment of 1-5 recent research papers. The assignment will also include questions on the topics addressed in the course. The research papers are chosen by the course responsible.

B) An oral examination which consists of a presentation of the report, followed by a discussion of the report and its relation to the course material.

The written report and the oral exam carry equal weight in the assessment.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.


Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 65
  • Theory exercises
  • 32
  • Project work
  • 80
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 block

Block 1
”No restrictions/no limitation”
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • Department of Chemistry
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen   (7-6e6c757677687143666b6870316e7831676e)

Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen
Guest lectures from experts in materials research topics

Saved on the 28-02-2022

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