Quantitative description of electronic, optical, and magnetic structure-property relationships of materials. Strategies for the development of new materials and introduction to applications of these materials.
Introduction to structure and electronic properties; surface energy; thermodynamics of surfaces; diffusion. Surface barriers, work function, vibrational and electronic states. Chemical interactions: chemisorption, oxidation, corrosion, absorption kinetics, catalysis. Experimental methods and applications in metals, semiconductors.