Fundamentals Of Electronic Materials and Devices

By Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 781
This online course has been running since 2016. The primary aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the materials and devices used in the semiconductor industry. The course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Anyone interested in understanding how semiconductors work and how they 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. Opto-electronic devices such as LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and their properties will also be explained.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Preferable undergraduates and graduate students in Chemical, Chemistry, Computer science, Electrical,
 Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials, and Physics. Working professionals in the electronics industry can also take this course.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Students aiming to join semiconductor and electronic device companies will value this course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
  • Electronic Materials
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Mar 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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 weeks 4 & 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. 

Books and references

A textbook for this course has been published last year by Wiley. The book is called Semiconductor materials, devices, and fabrication. It is available online at popular portals such as Amazon and Flipkart. The book includes the material discussed in this course. It also contains information on device fabrication, which would be part of a separate MOOC to be introduced after this course. The video lectures from NPTEL are also included in two DVDs.    

Instructor bio

Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan

IIT Madras
Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME), IIT Madras. He joined the institute in 2013. He has a B. Tech and M. Tech dual degree in MME 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 and thin film deposition. His research page can be accessed at https://mme.iitm.ac.in/swamnthn. Dr. Parasuraman has been offering this online course since 2016. He has published a textbook in this topic. 

Link to the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYP3gjCN8-VNUL439PSGxjw/ 


Manasa Adavalli is pursuing Master’s by Research in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. She has done courses on Physics and Technology of thin films, Introduction to Nanoscience, and Characterization of Materials and Physical Measurements. She is presently working on template-assisted synthesis of one-dimensional nanomaterials for applications in energy storage and conversion.

Garikapati Nagasarvari is doing her doctoral studies in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. She has done courses on electronic materials and devices, technical ceramics and thin film technology. She is working on the encapsulation of printed electronic devices using polymer nanocomposites.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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