About the course
The course discusses the relationship between structure and properties of solid crystalline materials. The focus is on important inorganic materials groups as metals, metal oxides and silicates, and major crystal structures such as perovskite, spinel and NaCl. Further discussion of various parameters such as symmetry, bond length and electronic structure correlates with the physical and structural characteristics. The physical properties discussed include magnetic, electrical, optical, dielectric, and ion-conducting properties. The course also deals with some important experimental techniques for characterization of the material's crystal structure and physical properties such as powder diffraction, thermal analysis techniques, SEM / EDS, a few spectroscopic methods and techniques for measuring electrical transport properties and magnetic properties.