MR 301 (AUG) 3:0 Quantum Mechanical Principles in Materials

Basics of quantum mechanics (atoms to materials). Classification of materials based on quantum mechanical principles. Classical and quantum mechanical treatment of lattice vibrations. Quantum mechanical treatment of electrical, optical and thermal properties of materials. Semiconductors, superconductors, foundations of magnetism, magnetic phenomena and their interpretation (classical and quantum mechanical approach).


Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, Frank Laloe. Quantum Mechanics (2 vol. set), John Wiley & Sons.
Charles Kittel., Introduction to Solid State Physics, John Wiley and Sons
Neil W. Ashcroft, and David Mermin N., Solid State Physics, Brooks/Cole
Brandt and Dahmen. The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics
Stephen Elliott, The Physics and Chemistry of Solids

MR 302 (AUG) 3:0 Crystal Defects and Properties

Descriptive crystal chemistry for ionic crystals, Pauling’s rules, thermodynamics of point defects, point defects in ionic crystals, defect reactions and Kroger-Vink diagrams. Introduction to dislocations, slip, slip systems, perfect and partial dislocations. Thompson tetrahedron and dislocation reactions, planar defects, surfaces and interfaces, direct observation of defects on material. Thermal energy, heat capacity, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity. Negative expansion effects in solids. Thermal shock resistant materials. Thermoelectric effects and materials for thermal energy harvesting.


Chiang, Y-M., Birnie IIi, D.P and Kingery W.D., Physical Ceramics – Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering, Wiley, 1996.
Anthony R. West., Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, Wiley, 1998.
Hull, D and Bacon, D.J., Introduction to Dislocations, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.
Shakelford J.F., Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering.
Rallis K.M,. Courtney T.H and Wulff J., Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

MR 303 (AUG) 3:0 Nanomaterials Synthesis and Devices

Introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Surfaces, interfaces and characterization techniques. Chemical and physical methods of synthesizing nanomaterials (0D, 1D & 2D), Growth mechanisms and growth kinetics, Size-dependent properties of nanomaterials, Applications in catalysis, gas sensing, photodetection and white light emission, Applications in Devices such as linear, rectifier, FET, etc.


Markov Ivan V., Crystal growth for Beginners, Fundamentals of Nucleation, Crystal Growth and Epitaxy, World Scientific, 1998.(548.5,N96)
Milton Ohring, Materials Science of Thin Films, Academic Press, 2002
M. Prutton, Surface Physics, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1975
Cao G.., Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Synthesis Properties and Applications, Imperial College Press, 2004.

MR 304 (AUG/JAN) 3:0 Characterization Techniques in Materials Science

Preparation of fine particles, Growth of single crystals and thin films, thermal analysis, magnetic measurement, X-ray diffraction, SEM and TEM analyses, electrical and dielectric measurements.


MR 305 (JAN) 3:0 Functional Dielectrics

Physical and mathematical basis of dielectric polarization, polarization in static/alternating electric fields. Conductivity and loss. piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric concepts. Ferroic materials, primary and secondary ferroics, Optical materials. Birefringence and crystal structure, electro-optic materials and light modulators.


Azaroff and Brophy, Electronic processes in Materials, McGraw-Hill, New York 1963.
Von Hippel Arthur R, Dielectric Materials and Applications, MIT, Cambridge.
Lines M.E. and Glass A.M., Principles and Applications of Ferroelectrics and related Materials, Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Amnon Yariv ., Quantum Electronics.

MR 306 (AUG/JAN) 3:0 Electron Microscopy in Materials Characterization

Resolution and Rayleigh criterion, electron optics, electron guns and lenses, probe diameter and probe current, electron-specimen interactions, interaction volume. Principles of scanning electron microscopy, imaging modes and detectors. Transmission electron microscopy – elastic and inelastic scattering, modes of operation, diffraction theory, Bragg’s law and Laue conditions. Reciprocal space and Ewald sphere construction, Kikuchi lines, convergent beam electron diffraction, diffraction contrast imaging – Howie-Whelan dynamical theory, Thickness and bend contours, imaging defects and strain fields, weak-beam dark field microscopy, phase contrast imaging – Moire fringes, Fresnel fringes and high-resolution imaging.


Goldstein J.I , Romig A.D. Newbury D.E, Lyman C.E., Echlin P., Fiori C. Joy D.C. and Lifshin E.., Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis: A Textbook for Biologists, Materials Scientists and Geologists
Williams David B and Barry Carter C.., Transmission Electron Microscopy – A Textbook for Materials Science

MR 307 (JAN) 3:0 Thin Film, Nano Materials and Devices : Science and Engineering

Thin films of functional materials including non-linear dielectrics, III-V and Nitride semiconductors. Processing, structure, and properties of materials at the nanometer length scale.

Specific nanofabrication topics include epitaxy, beam lithography, self-assembly, bio-catalytic synthesis, atom optics, and scanning probe lithography.

The unique size-dependent properties (electronic, ferroelectric and magnetic) and charge carrier transport in insulating and semiconducting materials and semi-conductor devices.

Structure-property correlations with reference to computation, magnetic and ferroelectric storage, sensors and actuators and photo-voltaics.


“Advanced Semiconductors and Organic Nano-Techniques”, edited by Morkoc H., Academic Press, 2003.
Rainer Waser, Editor., Nanoelectronics and Information Technology, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim (2003).
Tester, J. W, Drake E. M, Golay M. W, Driscoll M. J., and Peters W. A.. Sustainable Energy – Choosing Among Options. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.
Scott J.F., Ferroelectric Memories. Springer. ISBN 3540663878 (2000).

MR 308 (JAN) 2:1 Computational Modeling of Materials

Introduction to computational modeling of materials, description of atomic interaction, tight binding approximation, Hartree-Fock, molecular orbital method, density functional theory. Applications of these methods in modeling of mechanical, electronic, magnetic, optical, and dielectric properties of materials, design principles of novel materials.


Richard Martin., Electronic Structure: Basic Theory and Practical Methods Cambridge.

MR 203 (JAN) 3:0 Introduction to Biomaterials

Basic concepts in biomaterials science. Salient properties of important material classes; concept of biocompatibility, host response, structure-property of biological cell; structure and properties of cells, protein and cellular adaptation process; various cell fate processes, cell-material interaction, Assessment of biocompatibility of biomaterials, Structure and properties of bone as well as in vivo testing and histocompatibility assessment, examples of some important metallic biomaterials, bio- ceramics and bio-composites


Basu B, Katti D and Kumar A: Advanced Biomaterials: Fundamentals, Processing and Applications; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA, 2009.
An introduction to Materials in Medicine, Biomaterials Science (Ratner, Hoffman, Schoet and Lemons), Second Edition: Elsevier Academic Press, 2004.
Basu B and Balani K : Advanced Structural Ceramics; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA and American Ceramic Society, 2011.