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Fundamentals of Electronic Materials and Devices


The course is intended to provide an understanding of the materials and devices used in the current semiconductor industry. It caters to undergraduate and graduate students with a diverse background in Chemical, Chemistry, Computer science, Electrical, Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials, and Physics. Anyone interested in understanding how semiconductors work and form an integral part of today's electronic industry can take this course. The course provides the students with the basic physics of semiconductor materials. It also covers device fundamentals with emphasis on their electronic characteristics. Optical devices like LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and their properties will also be explained. 

Preferable undergraduates and graduate students in Chemical, Chemistry, Computer science, Electrical, Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials, and Physics. Working professionals in the semiconductor industry can also take this course. 

Preferably completed Physics of Materials or Solid state physics course but not required.

Semiconductor device companies like TSMC and Applied Materials will value this course.


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Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, in 2013. He has a B. Tech and M. Tech dual degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT Madras, and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He then did a post doc in Johns Hopkins University and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA on microelectronics device fabrication. He also worked in Intel Corp. for two years, primarily in their development fab facility. His research group is called the Electronic Materials and Thin Films group and they work in the area of printed electronics, development of metal and metal oxide nanoparticle inks, and thin film stabilization. His research page can be accessed at https://mme.iitm.ac.in/swamnthn


Shashi Kiran
Bankala Shashi Kiran is M.Tech final year student in the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras. His interest is in the field of Electronic materials. He has done courses on Electronic materials, devices & fabrication, Materials in renewable energy technologies and Modern techniques of materials characterization. He is currently working on fabrication of transparent conductive electrodes for his Masters research project.
Vivek Verma

Vivek Verma is a final year B. Tech and M. Tech dual degree student in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras. He has done courses on Physics of Materials and Electronic, Materials Devices and Fabrication. Besides that, he has also done some core courses in Physics such as Quantum Physics and Condensed Matter Physics. His broad research interest lies in the field of materials for clean energy applications such as Photovoltaics, Photocatalysis and Rechargeable batteries. He is currently working on Chemical synthesis and characterization for materials to be used in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.


Week 1 – Introduction, Energy bands in solids, Semiconductors band gap formation
Week 2 – Problem set on week #1 and Intrinsic semiconductors.
Week 3 – Extrinsic semiconductors, Fermi level variations, and conductivity.
Week 4 – Problem set on week #3. Metal-semiconductor junctions and Introduction to pn junctions
Week 5 – pn junctions under bias, Junction breakdown, and Heterojunctions. Problem set on week#4 and 5.
Week 6 – Transistors, Types of transistors, MOSFETs, Problem set on week#6.
Week 7 – Optoelectronic devices – Introduction. LEDs and Lasers.
Week 8 – Photo detectors and solar cells. Problem set on opto electronic devices, week #7 and 8.


  • The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 26 March 2017
  • Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 50% assignment score + 50% final exam score
  • Assignments will be uploaded weekly, with a total of 7 assignments. Out of these best of 5 will be considered for grading.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and Institute which is coordinating. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc