KJM-MENA3120 - Inorgnaic chemistry II - materials and applications

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Course content

The course focuses on five key topics in inorganic and materials chemistry and provides a solid background for students who intend to continue with master degree studies within inorganic, materials or nanochemistry. The main topics are; thermodynamics, electrochemistry, structure - property relations, reactivity and finally symmetry  and molecular properties.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • You have insight into equilibria of gas species and understand the basis for non-stoichiometry of oxides
  • You understand the electrochemical basis for functioning of batteries and fuel cells
  • You have insight into the atomic arrangement of some important inorganic structure types
  • You understand crystal structure - physical property relations for some functional inorganic materials
  • You know basic principles for reactivity of inorganic molecules and compounds
  • You are able to use concepts of symmetry to describe geometry of inorganic molecules and ions, as well rationalize magnetic properties of complex ions
  • You can use various software for simulations of gas equilibria, thermodynamics, electronic properties of complex ions, as well for visualizing inorganic crystal structures.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

One of these:

  • Mathematics R1
  • Mathematics (S1+S2)

And and in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics (R1+R2)
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1120 - Inorganic Chemistry and KJM1130 - Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics, or equivalent knowledge. We recommend taking MENA3000 - Functional materials simultaneously if you don't have this course already.


Teaching is divided into five different parts, each of three weeks' duration. There are 3 lectures a week for 15 weeks in all. There are also 3 weekly seminar hours. One third of these will involve the use of mathematical simulation tools with applications in various parts of the curriculum. The course will have 2 mandatory assignments that have to be approved before you can attend the exam. Approved assignements are valid one year after the semester they were written.

It is mandatory to participate in seminars about the mathematical simulation tools. Valid absence has to be documented by showing a doctor's declaration to the student administration at The Department of Chemistry. It is also mandatory attendance at the first lecture. If you are prevented from attending the first lecture, you must inform "ekspedisjonskontoret" at The Department of Chemistry no later than the same day (phone: 22 85 54 46 or e-mail: ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no) if you want to keep your place in the course.


A written exam at the end of the semester counts 100 % of final grade. The mandatory assignments must be approved before you can attend the exam. Approved assignments are valid 1 year after the semester they were approved.

Examination support material

Mid-term exam: Calculator. Final exam: Calculator

The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)