EE 820 Electrical Materials Science

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Content: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and, if time permits, a few sections in Ch. 7  from the textbook (Ch. 6 is not covered). The textbook is Principles of Electronic Materials and Dvices 3rd Edition, S.O. Kasap, McGraw-Hill. Plus Selected Topics listed below

New  Download the following from Selected Topics at Web-Materials or from the CDROM in the textbook

Password: 3rd Edition, page 223, the first word in the name of Equation 3.33. (Case sensitive)

Units, Constants and Conversions [PDF] v.1.0, 15 Apr 2001

Bonding in Molecules and Solids [PDF] v.1.1, 17 Dec 2001
Covalent bonding, ionic bonding and van der Waals bonding explained by using solved problems. Bulk modulus K related to bonding.

Secondary Bonding [PDF] v.1.0, 15 Apr 2001

Young's Modulus and Bonding: A First Order Treatment [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Young's Modulus and Bonding [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Solids: Elementary Concepts [PDF] v.1.0, 12 Apr 2001

Elementary Crystals [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Ionic Crystals, Cohesive Energy and the Madelung Constant [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Ionic Crystals and Cohesive Energy [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Metal Film Interconnects in Microelectronics [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001
Resistivity of thin films and polycrystalline interconnects explained by Matthiessen's rule. Fuchs-Sondheimer equation. Mayadas-Shatzkes equation.

Joule's Law and Electrical Conductivity [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Thermal Conductivity [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001

Electrical and Thermal Conductivity of Metals: Concepts and Solved Problems [PDF] v.2.0, 29 Dec 2001
Concepts followed by worked examples.

Thermoelectric Effects in Metals: Thermocouples [PDF] v.1.0, 06 Nov 2001
The Mott-Jones theory of thermoelectricity of metals and the thermocouple equation.

Hall Effect [PDF] v.1.0, 12 Apr 2001
Principles followed by worked examples.

Radiation Theory of the Electrical Fuse [PDF] v.1.1, 17 Dec 2002

Phonons and Lattice Vibrations Password is your course code, case sensitive

X-Ray Diffraction and Crystal Structures [PDF] v.1.0, 10 Apr 2001



Not to exceed 12 pages, single-line spaced, including figures and references). Choose 1 topic only

Amorphous Semiconductors (hydrogenated amorphous silicon)
III-V Compound Semiconductors and Applications
Diffusion, Oxidation and Silicon Dioxide: Fundamentals and Semiconductor Fabrication
Crystal Growth Techniques including MBE
Electrical Conduction in Metals and Thin Films
Thermal Expansion and Conductivity of Solids: Metals, Semiconductors, Polymers, Glasses
Metallic Glasses
Vacuum Deposition of Thin Films
Carbon in Electronics (includes graphene and diamond)
Field Assisted Thermionic Emission, Field Emission, and Applications
Seebeck Effect in Metals and Semiconductors, and Applications
Electronic Properties of Carbon Nano-Tubes
Bloch Waves and the 1-D Kronig-Penning Model
The Boltzmann Transport Equation and Applications

The Textbook (

Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Third Edition
S.O. Kasap (McGraw-Hill, 2005-06)

The 3rd edition is vastly different than the 2nd edition; and you need to have the 3rd edition to have the proper course material and lawful access the material on the web.

As you probably guessed, I wrote the book (It took me from 1986 to 1995, nearly 9 years, to write it. The CD Topics took the longest time). It has been rated as the "best textbook on electronic materials and devices" It has also been rated as the best value for money by instructors. It comes with a CD, a vital component of the textbook, which has numerous selected topics and solved problems. Some of the EE820 topics will be from the CD, and to lawfully print and use the topics, you must have purchased a 3rd edition copy. Obviously the printed chapters in the textbook represent the most widely used chapters whereas the "Selected Topics" are those topics that are covered selectively by various universities – there are 75 selected topics and solved problems. The text with its CD is equivalent to a book that has something like 2000 pages. Are there other similar books? The answer is "no" (hence the popularity of this text). And, to make things it worse, many books get concepts muddled and device models wrong. As with any technical book of this size, there are a few odd typos in the book. ("If I were perfect, I'd live forever".)

Safa Kasap

Important Reminder
The course handouts are free only if you have purchased a third edition copy of the course textbook (not first or revised editions). McGraw-Hill owns all the rights to the articles that appear in the CD and also on Web-Materials. You need to own a legal copy of the second edition to download, print and use the material, and to bring the handouts to the exam. Intellectual ownership (copyright) is no different than actual material ownership, and breaking a copyright law  (downloading without a legal copy) is no different than steeling a CD from a shop.