KJM9120 – Defect Chemistry and Reactions

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to defects and transport in crystalline materials, central to those taking a degree or planning research or work within solid-state electrochemistry. It can also provide a useful supplement in other areas of materials science, such as inorganic materials chemistry, structural physics, and semiconductor physics.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • you are familiar with different defect types and transport mechanisms in crystalline materials
  • you can, in simple cases, deduce how defect concentrations and
    transport parameters vary as a function of surrounding atmosphere,temperature, and doping.
  • you understand the role of defect related transport in important applications and processes, and can deduce this mathematically in simple cases.
  • you know the basic principles of electrochemical transport and can use the knowledge to analyse processes in fuel cells and membranes and under solid state reactions, sintering, and corrosion.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 30 hours of lectures and 15 hours of exercises.


Oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course may be cancelled if less than five students apply.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

English if requested by English-speaking master students, otherwise Norwegian.