Electronic Properties of the Materials: Computational Approach

By Prof. Somnath Bhowmick   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 505
About The Course :
The course aims to explain the physics of electronic materials in detail, followed by a brief discussion on their applications. A student taking the course will learn about traditional metals, semiconductors, and ionic-conductors, as well as newly discovered low-dimensional materials. In addition to the theory part, students will also learn from simple in-silico experiments.

PRE-REQUISITES : Basic physics (classical mechanics and electrodynamics), and mathematics.

INTENDED AUDIENCEIntroductory course

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: This is an introductory course for UG/PG students. However, companies dealing with semiconductor materials might be interested.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 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: Electronic materials in various applications,Introduction to the Drude model and failure of the classical theory,Introduction to Quantum Physics
Week 2: Basic introduction to Python programming ,Numerically solving Schrodinger equation, Numerov method and WKB approximation
Week 3: Free electron gas in ground state T=0 ,Free electron gas at finite temperature and electronic free energy calculation by numerical integration, Failure of free electron model (1 lecture), Introduction to the Bravais lattice and reciprocal lattice, Visualization of Bravais and reciprocal lattice (1 lecture
Week 4: Kronig-Penney model ,Electrons in a periodic potential: Bloch theorem ,Energy bands
Week 5: Numerical methods for energy bands, Fermi surface
Week 6: Semi-classical electron dynamics, Semiconductors and insulators
Week 7: Semiconductors and insulators
Week 8: Two dimensional materials for next generation device applications

Books and references

  1. Electronic Properties of Materials, Rolf E. Hummel
  2. Introduction to Solid State Physics, Charles Kittel
  3. Solid State Physics, Neil W. Ashcroft and N. David Mermin

Instructor bio

Prof. Somnath Bhowmick

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Somnath Bhowmick has been working in computational materials science related to the electronic and magnetic properties of the materials. He has eight years of teaching and research experience in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur. He has taught several UG/PG compulsory and elective courses (as an instructor, as well as a tutor), like -- Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Materials (UG core course), Mathematics and Computational Methods (PG core course ), Symmetry and Properties of Materials (UG/PG elective course), Introduction to Computer Simulations in Materials Science (UG/PG elective course ), Quantum Physics (UG core course) and Partial Differential Equation (UG core course).

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: 30 October 2022 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 Kanpur. 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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