Fundamentals and Applications of Dielectric Ceramics

By Prof. Ashish Garg   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 234
This is a course on dielectric ceramics which focusses on fundamentals and applications of such materials. Dielectrics are important class of materials which are useful for many applications including sensors, actuators, capacitors etc. This course will stress on understanding their structure, defect chemistry, and theory of both linear as well as nonlinear dielectrics followed by a brief discussion of their applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:   Undergraduate and postgraduate students of engineering and sciences who work in the area of electronic ceramics and dielectrics.

PREREQUISITES:Basic understanding of physics and materials science fundamentals of crystallography and defects.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:Companies which make dielectric capacitors.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 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: Bonding and Structure of Ceramics
Week 2: Defects in Dielectric Ceramics
Week 3: Linear Dielectrics (Basic Mechanisms, Polarization mechanisms and polarizability, Frequency dependence)
Week 4: Linear Dielectrics (Frequency Dependence, Impedance analysis, Applications of linear dielectric materials
Week 5: Non-linear Dielectrics (Basics and Piezoelectrics)
Week 6: Non-linear Dielectrics (Piezoelectrics and pyroelectrics)
Week 7: Non-linear Dielectrics (Ferroelectrics)
Week 8: Ferroics and multiferroics, Processing methods

Books and references

  1. Physical Ceramics: Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering, Y.-M. Chiang, D. P. Birnie, and W. D. Kingery, Wiley-VCH 
  2. Principles of Electronic Ceramics, by L. L. Hench and J. K. West, Wiley 
  3. Introduction to Ceramics, 2nd Edition, W. D. Kingery, H. K. Bowen, D. R. Uhlmann, Wiley 
  4. Electroceramics: Materials, Properties, Applications, by A. J. Moulson and J. M. Herbert, Wiley

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashish Garg

IIT Kanpur
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/

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: 25 September 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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