KJM-MENA9130 – Nonstoichiometry and Phase Relations of Inorganic Solids

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Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

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Course content

This course deals with non-ideal crystal structures. You learn how non-stoichiometric conditions affect network structures of materials, and the consequences this has on the physical-chemical properties of the compounds.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course you can:

  • understand extended structures of relevant materials in terms of translational and rotational symmetry and analyze their packing, coordination and networks.
  • identify nonstoichiometry due to defects of varied dimensionality: point, 1D, 2D, 3D, and in modulated structures where a 3D lattice description is not sufficient.
  • use equilibria between point defects to describe the nonstoichiometry and its transport. You can use similar thermodynamic tools to describe formation of solid solutions.
  • sketch and interpret multicomponent phase diagrams that include nonstoichiometry and solid-solution formation and name their features.
  • classify phase transitions into several category groups, including symmetry and order parameters where applicable. You have a basic understanding of the Landau theory.
  • compile and present scientific information at peer-level in oral or written form

Admission to the course

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.

MENA3001 – Functional Materials, KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Overlapping courses


The course runs for a hole semester with 4 hours of lectures each week. There will be 30 hours of lectures and 30 hours of seminars.

During the course you will compile a written or oral presentation about a subject you choose in agreement with the person responsible for the course. in connection with the presentation there will also be a scientific discussion with the teacher and fellow students. The form of the presentation will be decided by the person responsible for the course early in the semester. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam


Final oral examination (1 hour) counts 100 % of final grade.

In addition you will give a written or oral presentation followed by a scientific discussion. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM-MENA5130 – Nonstoichiometry and Phase Relations of Inorganic Solids

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 27, 2021 6:20:11 PM

Facts about this course


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

The course is not given in spring 2021.

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