ELECTROCHEMISTRY AND CONDUCTING POLYMERS
Conducting Polymers: theory of conductivity; conduction mechanism; poly(acetylene), poly(pyrrole), poly(thiophene). Electrochemical synthesis. Applications (LEDs, solar cells, biosensors).
METALLIC AND CERAMIC MATERIALS
Structural defects in solids: simple and linear defects, vacancies, dislocations. Steady and unsteady diffusion mechanisms, Fick's laws. Mechanical properties of metals and alloys, stress-strain behaviour, elastic and plastic deformation. Dislocations and mechanical properties. Yield: fracture, fatigue, stress and temperature effects. Phase diagrams and Gibbs free energy curves. Fe-C system, bimetallic alloys, bulk glass materials, multicomponent systems. Phase transformations and structural evolution.