Chemistry 373: Solid State Chemistry 2020

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.

Prerequisite: chem 372

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, telephone or zoom.


Homework will be posted on the course google sheet.


There will be two exams. The first one, roughly at the end of the first half of the quarter, will cover the material up to that point. The second one, at the end of the quarter, will cover the material since the first exam.

Class time

Class time will be used for exams, problem solving and lectures to introduce topics.


Homework: 20%
Exam 1: 40%
Exam 2: 40%
Total: 100%


Grades will be determined from the distribution of scores and will be curved.