Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.09.2018 - 18.10.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maarit Karppinen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student will be able to

  1. use symmetry elements for the description of the symmetries of molecules and crystals
  2. determine the point group for a molecule
  3. read the space group symbols so as to understand the information provided by the symbol
  4. draw unit cells once the space group, lattice parameters, and atomic coordinates are known
  5. explain the diffraction phenomenon
  6. explain the steps in crystal structure determination and the principles of Rietveld refinement; evaluate the feasibility of a crystal structure model based on a bond valence sum (BVS) calculation
  7. explain the principles of the most important structural characterization techniques and understand and critically evaluate the information revealed by the techniques for inorganic materials.
  8. select the most suitable technique(s) for each specific structure-related research problem

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course deals with structural characterization techniques of inorganic materials and covers also the basics of crystallography. The emphases are on the various diffraction and spectroscopic methods used for phase identification, crystal structure determination and studies of chemical environment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, homework and class-room problems, seminar presentation and final examination

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h

Exercises 12 h

Seminars 10 h

Home problem solving 20 h

Independent homework 65 h

Exam 4 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

As agreed

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

KE-35.4100 Inorganic Chemistry IV

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E4130 Chemistry of the Elements and CHEM-4155 Solid State Chemistry

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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