No special pre-requisites are required.
Three periodic written tests will be proposed, including open questions about the subject of the course, which will considred in the student evaluation. The final exam will be held in oral form.
The course is aimed at complete and deepen the subjects treated in the Physical Chemistry courses of the first cycle (laurea), taking into account the needs of basic knowledge, which are useful for the the other courses. Among others, the satistical mechanics and the principles of the solid state theory will be treated, as they are not learned in the courses of the first cycle (laurea)
Different types of ensemble. Fluctuations. Fermi and Bose-Einstein statistics Transition state theory. Diffusion: Fick laws, statistical meccanical interpretation. Basics about crystal structure. Stress and strain. Lattice vibratios and phonons. Vibrational density of states . Debye model. Electronic energies in solid state: Fermi gas, Fermi surface, elettronic energy. Valence bands and conduction bands. Conducting, insulating and semiconducting materials. Intrinsec conduction. Impurities in semicondoctors: n and p type conduction. Juctions.Nanocristallinestructures and amorphous pahases.Density functional theory and its applications. Pseudopotentials.
McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics, Harper and Row; Moore and Pearson, Kinetics and mechanism, John Wiley and Sons; Educational scientific papers about diffusion. Kittel, Introduction to solid state physics, John Wiley and Sons; Adapted presentations from Internet , papers and reviews from scientific journals about density functional theory and its applications.
Face to face
- Readiness to offer individual assistance also in foreign language (English and French) to incoming students;
- Availability to provide supporting material and bibliographic references to incoming students:
Yes, most textbooks and supporting material are in English and bibliographic references in English are available.