MSE 352: Functional Properties of Materials I

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MT1 Solutions

- Organic Conductivity -
Conducting Polymers
Conductive Polymers
Cai Paper (in particular see figure 6)
Ch 2 on Point Defects (i.e. Kroger Vink, Brouwer Diagrams, introduction, (more in depth then lecture)) Part 1 Part 2

Classroom: Mue 155
Classhour: MWF 11:30 - 12:20

Instructor: G.Z. Cao
Roberts Hall 302M
Tel: 616-9084
Office-hour: Tuesday 10-12 am

TA: Bryan Russo
Office: Roberts Hall 4th Floor
Office hour

General Description and Expectation of the Class:

This course is designed as the first one in a series of two courses on the functional properties of materials. This class will discuss optical, thermal, and electrical properties of materials and their applications. Since electrical conduction in metals and semiconductors has been studied in your previous classes (MSE 351, Electronic Properties of Materials), these two subjects will not be covered in the present class. Instead, the focus on the electrical conduction in this class will be on ionic conduction and electrical conduction in polymer will be included. Dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and magnetic properties as well as superconductors will be discussed in the follow-up class, MSE 452: Functional Properties of Materials II (offered in Winter).


M.A. White, (1999), Properties of Materials, Oxford University Press, New York.

Handouts will be distributed when discussing the relevant subjects: light emitting diodes, lasers, liquid crystal displays, conductive polymers, point defects and defect chemistry.

Reference Books:

The textbook is not ideal for this class yet and we are in the process to find a better textbook. The listed reference books are recommended and would be supplementary to the textbook. We are on the process to identify more reference books or some websites for you.

1. T. Blythe and D. Bloor, (2005), Electrical Properties of Polymers, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, New York.
2. R.E. Hummel, (2001), Electronic Properties of Materials, 3rd Ed. Springer, New York.
3. L. Solymar and D. Walsh, (1998), Lectures on the Electrical Properties of Materials, 5th edition, Oxford University Press Inc., New York.
4. L.L. Hench and J.K. West, (1990), Principles of Electronic Ceramics, Wiley, New York.
5. Y.M. Chiang, D.P. Birnie III, and W.D. Kingery, (1996), Physical Ceramics: Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering, Wiley, New York (Chapter 2).

Course Content:

1. General Introduction

2. Electrical Conduction (~ 4 weeks)
Polaron conduction in conjugated polymers
Point defects and defect chemistry (Kröger-Vink notation)
Brouwer diagram (simultaneous defect equilibria)
Ionic and mixed conduction
Sensors, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and membranes

3. Optical Properties (~ 4 weeks)
Atomic and molecular origins of color
Colors of solid materials
Size effects on optical properties
Light emitting diodes (LED) and lasers
Interaction of light waves with bulk materials
Liquid crystal displays (LCD)

4. Thermal Properties (~ 2 weeks)
Heat capacity
Thermal expansion
Thermal conductivity
Influences of impurity, defects and microstructures


Final Examination at 2:30 -4:20 am (Wednesday, June 7)

20% 1st midterm exam
20% 2nd midterm exam
35% final exam (cumulative)
25% ~ 5 homework

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