KJM9100 – 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, and synthesis of inorganic polymers. 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:

  • You are familiar with a variety of different methods for synthesizing inorganic materials.
  • You know he principles of inorganic polymer synthesis.
  • You can evaluate the synthesis methods against each other and make assessments as to what form the final products will be.
  • You are able to assess appropriate methods for the synthesis of metastable materials.
  • You have practical skills with several techniques for synthesis of inorganic materials.
  • You can plan and implement lab setup for synthesis of inorganic materials.


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

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 % of final grade. An approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for attending the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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 autumn

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)