Chemistry 373: Solid State Chemistry 2017

An examination of the synthesis and characterization of solids, especially those with crystalline structures. Emphasis is placed upon the electrochemical, magnetic, optical, and conductive properties of these materials, as well as their applications in batteries, semiconductors, superconductors, and light-emitting devices. Materials of interest include zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, and nanotubes. Offered alternate years.

Prerequisite: chem 241 (organic I)

Inorganic chemistry covers a variety of diverse substances including not only molecular, coordination, organometallic, and nonmolecular compounds but also special materials such as metallobiomolecules, semiconductors, ceramics, and minerals. Furthermore, inorganic chemistry is concerned with all of the approximately 100 chemical elements with the sole exception of the major subdivision of carbon chemistry known as organic chemistry. The great structural diversity of inorganic compounds makes them vitally important as industrial feedstocks, fine chemicals, catalysts, and advanced materials. Inorganic compounds such as metalloenzymes also play a key role in life processes.” —Preface to the Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry


Smart & Moore, 4th edition.

Tentative Syllabus

Parts or all of the following chapters are anticipated to be covered in this seven-week course: 3, 4, 6-10, 1, 2, 5.


Most out-of-class communication will take place via email. Katie will sometimes be used for communication.


Homework will be posted on katie and/or announced in class.


A quiz is like a mini-exam or small problem set given in class. It is assumed that all work, calculations, explanations, etc., will be shown on quiz problems. Quizzes may be cumulative, meaning that problems from any portion of the course may show up on any quiz.

Final Exam

Final exam may be cumulative and is, essentially, the last quiz of the course.

Class time

Class time will be used for quizzes, the final exam, problem solving and lectures to introduce topics.


Homework: 20%
Quizzes: 40%
Final: 40%
Total: 100%