KJM5100 – Synthesis of Inorganic Materials

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to the synthesis of inorganic and hybrid materials using a variety of techniques, both traditional inorganic methods and the use of organometallic precursors. The methods reviewed are: ceramic syntesis, flux growth, combustion methods, hydrothermal method, chemical gas transport, CVD, sol-gel precursor methods, intercalation, mild methods, electrochemical methods. It will be taught how the methods shape the final product, ranging from amorphous materials to large single crystals, and special forms of nanomaterials, porous materials, and thin films. This course is suitable for students who have tasks where synthesis of inorganic materials are required.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will have the following skills:

• Be familiar with a variety of different methods for synthesizing inorganic materials.

• Be able to evaluate the synthesis methods against each other and be able to make assessments as to what form the final products will be.

• Should be able to assess appropriate methods for the synthesis of metastable materials.
• Practical skills with several techniques for synthesis of inorganic materials.

• Be able to plan and implement lab setup for synthesis of inorganic materials.


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Overlapping courses


The course includes 30 hours of lectrures, 15 hours of seminars and 60 hours of mandatory laboratory training. An approved laboratory course is a prerequisite to attend the exam.

Within August 10th / January 10th, international students must inform the Examination Officer at the Department of Chemistry (room VU12, phone 22855447) if English teaching is requested.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Oral exam counts 100 %.

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 exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

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 autumn

The course may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)