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An Introduction to Materials: Nature and Properties (Part 1: Structure of Materials)


The course is first part of the broader course on Introduction to Nature of materials and would be suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of every branch of science and engineering. The first part of this course will focus on essentials of crystallography, crystal structures of different classes of materials, structure determination and defects in materials. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG and PG students of science and engineering of non-materials related background.


UG/PG: Both UG/ PG can be allowed

PREREQUISITES: 12th standard science background

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Materials related companies


Ashish Garg is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. Details of his research and teaching can be accessed on home.iitk.ac.in/~ashishg.


Week 1  : Introduction and Basic crystallography
Week 2  : Symmetry
Week 3  : Crystal Systems, Bravais Lattices and Miller Indices, Interstices
Week 4  : Structure of Metals and Alloys
Week 5  : Structure of Ceramics
Week 6  : Structure of Polymers
Week 7  : Structure Determination: X-ray diffraction
Week 8  : Defects in Materials


1. V. Raghavan, Materials Science and Engineering: A First Course, Prentice Hall of India. (Text)
2. W.D. Callister, Material s Science and Engineering: A Introduction, Wiley
3. J. Wulff, The Structure and Properties of Materials, Wiley (Vol 1: Structure, Vol 2: Thermodynamics of Structure, Vol 3: Mechanical Behaviour, Vol 4: Electronic Properties)
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April.
  • 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 : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • 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 IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.