KJM9120 – Defect Chemistry and Reactions

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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.

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.

MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology, KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I, KJM-MENA3300 – Physical Chemistry III - Macromolecules, Condensed Phases and Dynamics (continued), KJM-MENA5110 – Inorganic Structure Chemistry and MAT1100 – Calculus, or similar courses.

Overlapping courses


The teaching period is one semester, and the course comprises of 30 hours of lectures and 15 hours of exercises.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.


Final oral exam counts 100% of the grade.

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: KJM5120 – Defect Chemistry and Reactions.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 8:17:13 PM

Facts about this course


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

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)