Non - Metallic Materials

By Prof. Subhasish Basu Majumder   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 234
There have been radical development in the study of non – metallic materials over past two decades – think of Li and Na ion rechargeable batteries, graphene, carbon nano-tubes, conducting polymers, sensing materials for air quality monitoring etc. The course aims students to understand the structure – property relationship in a wide spectrum of non – metallic materials. The course is divided into 12 weekly modules containing 5 lectures in each module with 30 min duration. Modules that will be taught sequentially are named as follows: (i) Polymer materials, (ii) Defects, and reaction kinetics of non – metallic materials, carbonaceous materials (iii) Diffusion, phase transformation in non – metallic materials, glass and glass ceramics, (iv) Mechanical properties of non – metallic and composite materials, (v) Electrical, magnetic and thermal properties of non – metallic materials, (vi) Optical and electrochemical properties of non-metallic materials, (vii) Processing of non – metallic materials, sintering and microstructure development, (viii)Thin film growth and fabrication of devices, (ix) Characterization of structure, composition, and microstructure of non – metallic materials, (x) Measurement of the mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic, and optical properties of non – metallic materials, (xi) Corrosion and degradation of non – metallic materials, and (xii) Economic, environmental and societal issues. Each module lectures is self-contained to encourage student understanding and reinforce key concepts. Carefully designed problem set will help students to grasp the underlying concepts taught in the course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 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: Module – 1 Polymer materials
Lecture – 1 Classification of non-metallic materials. Applications of ceramics, glass, carbonaceous materials, polymers, and composites Lecture – 2 Understanding on polymer structures
Lecture – 3 Characteristics and applications of polymers
Lecture – 4 Processing of polymers
Lecture – 5 Polymer composites and issues related to recycling

Week 2: Module – 2 Defects, and reaction kinetics of non – metallic materials, carbonaceous materials
Lecture – 6 Defects in crystalline materials: Point, line, planar and three dimensional defects,
Lecture – 7 Non – stoichiometry in non – metallic materials
Lecture – 8 Laws of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics (Part – I and 2)
Lecture – 9 Phase diagram and microstructure evolution of selected non – metallic materials
Lecture – 10 Carbonaceous materials

Week 3: Module – 3 Diffusion, phase transformation in non – metallic materials, glass and glass - ceramics
Lecture -11 Fundamentals of diffusion, Fick’s laws, their solution and applications.
Lecture – 12 Phase transformation of non – metallic materials
Lecture – 13 Introduction to glass and amorphous solids
Lecture – 14 Specialty glasses Lecture – 15 Glass – ceramics

Week 4: Module –4 Mechanical properties of non –metallic and composite materials
Lecture – 16 Mechanical properties of non – metallic materials, stress – strain response, elastic, anelastic and plastic deformation
Lecture – 17 Brittle and ductile materials, fracture mechanics, strengthening of materials
Lecture – 18 Fatigue, creep and nano-scale properties
Lecture – 19 Composite materials: Particle – reinforced composites, and fiber reinforced composites
Lecture – 20 Structural composite

Week 5: Module –5 Electrical, magnetic and thermal properties of non – metallic materials
Lecture – 21 Dielectric and piezoelectric behavior
Lecture – 22 Ferroelectric behavior of non-metallic materials and ferroelectric thin film for non – volatile memory applications
Lecture – 23 Magnetic properties: Origin of magnetism, para, dia, ferro and ferrimagnetism
Lecture – 24 Ceramic magnets and their applications
Lecture – 25 Thermal properties: Specific heat, heat conduction, thermal diffusivity, thermal expansion, thermoelectricity.

Week 6: Module –6 Optical and Electrochemical properties of non - metallic materials
Lecture – 26 Optical properties: Refractive index , Absorption and transmission of electromagnetic radiation, LASERS
Lecture – 27 Introduction to electrochemistry: Galvanic cells, Cell potentials and Gibbs energy, Concentration dependence
Lecture – 28 Introduction to electrochemical methods: cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
Lecture – 29 Electrochemical storage, rechargeable batteries
Lecture – 30 Fuel cell and Energy harvesting

Week 7: Module –7 Processing of non – metallic materials, Sintering and microstructure development
Lecture – 31 Preparation of ceramic powders: auto-combustion, sol-gel synthesis, microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis
Lecture – 32 Introduction to sintering, sintering mechanism
Lecture – 33 Solid state sintering and microstructure development.
Lecture – 34 Liquid phase sintering and microstructure development, specialty sintering, and reactive sintering
Lecture – 35 Processing of glass and amorphous/non-crystalline solids.

Week 8: Module –8 Thin film growth and fabrication of devices
Lecture – 36 Fundamental of thin film growth, growth mechanism and kinetics
Lecture – 37 Various thin film growth techniques: thermal evaporation, CVD, sputtering, chemical solution deposition.
Lecture – 38 Processing of semi-conducting devices
 Lecture – 39 Process of ceramic devices
Lecture – 40 Organic electronic materials: conducting polymers, semi-conducting organic materials, applications.

Week 9: Module –9 Characterization of structure, composition and microstructure of non – metallic materials
Lecture – 41 Introduction to spectroscopic techniques for material characterization
Lecture – 42 Thermal analyses
Lecture – 43 Infra-red and Raman spectroscopy
Lecture – 44 UV – VIS and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Lecture – 45 Optical and scanning electron microscopy

Week 10: Module – 10 Measurement of the mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of non – metallic materials.
Lecture – 46 Measurement of mechanical properties, fracture toughness, MOR, hardness
Lecture – 47 Measurement of electrical properties: Electrical conductivity, carrier mobility, carrier concentration, hysteresis, fatigue, time dependent dielectric breakdown
Lecture – 48 Thermal analysis techniques: Thermo-gravimetry, calorimetry.
Lecture – 49 Measurement of magnetic properties
Lecture – 50 Measurement of optical properties

Module –11 Corrosion and degradation of non – metallic materials
Lecture – 51 Fundamentals of corrosion, corrosion of ceramic materials
Lecture – 52 Degradation of polymers: swelling and dissolution, bond rupture, weathering
Lecture – 53 Case study: Artificial total hip replacement
Lecture – 54 Design of ceramics
Lecture – 55 Finishing of ceramics

Module – 12 Economic, Environmental and societal issues
Lecture – 56 Economic, Environmental and societal issues in non – metallic materials science and engineering : An Introduction
Lecture – 57 Component design
Lecture – 58 Materials and manufacturing techniques
Lecture – 59 Recycling issues in non – metallic materials Science
Lecture – 60 Fly – ash based glazed wall tiles: A case study

Books and references

1. Materials Science and Engineering An Introduction, William D. Callister. Jr
2. Essentials of Materials Science and Engineering, Donald R. Askeland and Pradeep P. Phule.
3. Understanding Solids : The Science of Materials , Richard. J.D. Tilley
4. Michael W. Barsoum, Fundamentals of Ceramics, 2nd Edition, CRC Press
5. C. Barry Carter, M. Grant Norton, Ceramic Materials Science and Engineering, Springer
6. David W. Richerson, Modern Ceramic Engineering, Properties, Processing, and Use in Design, 3rd Edition, Taylor and Francis

Instructor bio

Prof. Subhasish Basu Majumder

IIT Kharagpur
Dr Subhasish Basu Majumder is presently working as a Professor at the Materials Science Center, IIT Kharagpur. He completed his B. Tech in Ceramic Technology from the Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, Kolkata in the year 1988. Subsequently he obtained his M. Tech and Ph.D degree in Materials Science from IIT Kanpur in the year of 1990 and 1997 respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as a research faculty at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, USA. As an Alexander von Humboldt fellow he has also worked at RWTH Aachen, Germany. His research encompasses a wide spectrum of ceramic materials including sensors, rechargeable batteries, cementitious composites etc. Till date, 25 students have been awarded M. Tech and 14 students have been awarded Ph.D degree under his supervision. He has published more than 175 peer reviewed papers in various journals of National and International repute. He filed 4 Indian patents and one patent has already been granted. His present research is supported by various grants of National importance including IMPRINT (MHRD and DRDO), NNetRA (MHRD, DST, and MeiTy), UAY, SERB – DST etc. He has h – index 43 with more than 5580 google scholar citation. He is the recipient of MRSI medal and a fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology.

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: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 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.

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