17509 - Inorganic Materials

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  • Teacher Rita Mazzoni

  • Credits 4

  • SSD CHIM/03

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemistry and Technologies for the Environment and Materials (cod. 8515)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 22, 2023 to Apr 05, 2023


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Climate Action

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to relate the structure of inorganic materials to their physical and chemical properties. They will acquire knowledge of synthesis, properties and applications of specific categories of materials such as hydrides, borides, carbides, nitrides and oxides.

Course contents


- Knowledge of elemental function (Mathematics)

- Knowledge of the physical basics, unit of measures.(Physics)

- Chemical reaction and balancement. Chemical equilibrium. Thermodinamic basics. Nernst Equation. (General and Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory)

- The periodic table and the atomic properties of the elements. Structures and bonds in metal and ionic solid. General properties of block d elements. Ligand field theory. Molecular orbital theory. Magnetic properties of the metals.(Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory)

Introduction to packing in solids (ccp, hcp, bcc). Coordination polyhedra. Molecular, covalent, ionic and metallic solids. Preparative methods, properties and application of MxXy binary compounds (M = metal or metalloid, X = H, B, C, N, O). Ternary compounds and superior. Classification of hydrides. Hydrogen as fuel. NiMH batteries. Classification of carbides and nitrides. Classification of borides. Structural and bonding relations among borides and molecular boranes. Classification of oxides. Spinels, perovskites and silicates. Application of oxides: glass, opitcal fibres, ITO. Zeolites. Electrical properties: semiconductors, conductors, superconductors and ionic conductors. Some examples of their technological applications (photovoltaic cells, electrophotography, Na/S batteries, fuel cells). Magnetic properties. Piezoelectric materials. Synthesis of inorganic materials.


- L. Smart, E. Moore: Solid State Chemistry, Stanley Thornes (Publishers) Ltd

- A. R. West: Basic Solid State Chemistry, J. Wiley & Sons, Ltd

- N. N. Greenwood, A. Earnshaw: Chemistry of the Elements, Elsevier Science Ltd

- Shriver, Atikins: "Inorganic Chemistry".

- Papers from scientific journals.

Teaching methods

Lectures will be given in the classroom.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be by written oral exam. Marks are given based on knowledge of the program and oral skills (appropriate scientific language, etc.).

To take the exam students must register on the web (AlmaEsami) in advance. Failing that, admission is left to teacher discretion.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint presentations, blackboard. Models to help the understanding of solid packing.

The teaching material , protected under password, is available to the students in electronic format.

Office hours

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