Knowledges: The course of Chemical Physics of Molecular Materials has the aim of giving the students the fundamentals concepts of the chemical physics of molecular materials, based on the main concepts of the physics of crystalline solid state, as explained in the first part of the course.
Understanding abilities: the students is stimulated towards the use of a proper mathematical and scientific language, by expressing the concepts of the course in a clear and linear manner. The student is also stimulated to make connections between the first and the second part of the course, as well as of what he has learned in the preceeding courses.
Good understanding of molecular quantum mechanics and of molecular spectroscopy
Course contents summary
INTRODUCTION Classification of materials
FIRTS PART: BASIC NOTIONS OF SOLID STATE The crystals and their symmetry properties. Symmetry and phase transitions. Vibrations (phonons) in crystals: investigation methods and properties connected to the phononic structure. Electronic states of crystals. Optical spectroscopy of crystals. Dynamics of electrons: charge transport in metals and semiconductors. Superconductivity.
SECOND PART: MOLECULAR MATERIALS Molecular crystals: intermolecular forces. Optical spectroscopy of molecular crystals. Organic semiconductors. Charge transfer crystals: the organic metals. Organic superconductors. Electroluminescence and photovoltaic effect.
M. Schwoerer and H. C. Wolf, Organic Molecular Solids (Wiley)
P.A. Cox The electronic structure and chemistry of solids (Oxford Science)
J. D. Wright, Molecular Crystals (Cambridge University Press)
Extended written notes are provided for the first part of the course. The students have also access to power point-like presentations relevant to the second part of the course, which has a more application-oriented character.
Assessment methods and criteria
Learning results: Since the course is for the Laurea Magistrale, the student will learn the formal and fundamentals concepts of the physics and chemistry of the solid state, as well as the results of the most recent results in the field of the functional molecular materials.
The student knowledges and the ability to connect the concepts teached in different part of the course are verified through a extensive oral examination. This approach allows one to evaluate in a detailed way the degree of mastering of the contents of the course, and the ability of communicating through a proper scientific language.