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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5735M Materials for Electronic Applications

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor AJ Bell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE3711Functional and Nano-Materials

Module replaces

CAPE5711M Materials for Functional Applications

This module is not approved as an Elective


The objective of this module is to provide students with a very clear understanding of the technological, engineering and commercial challenges underpinning the use of materials in the production of advanced electronic devices.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students should:
- understand the historical development of functional materials to satisfy the needs of different industrial sectors;
- appreciate the significance of market pull and technology push in the development of novel electronic materials;
- understand the limitations on the properties which may be obtained in particular materials classes;
- be able to recognise and interpret microstructures in a range of functional materials and account for their development;
- understand the exploitation of the process-microstructure-properties relationship in materials science in the design of functional materials with an appropriate combination of properties;
- understand the complex materials issues involved in producing integrated functional devices and be able to offer solutions to problems which may arise;
- be aware of current developments in materials science in the functional materials sector and its potential impact on design and technology;
- survey and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to the above.


- Charge displacement: permittivity and dielectric loss; polarization mechanisms.
- Oxides: defect chemistry; influence of oxygen vacancies and impurities/dopants on conductivity.
- Ferroelectricity: crystallographic origins;spontaneous polarization;thermodynamic theory; domains.
- Capacitors: multilayer ceramic capacitors; material design.
- Piezoelectricity: definitions and tensor properties; materials - soft and hard PZT; device applications.

Solid State Ionics
- Solid state cationic and anionic conductors, relationship of ionic conductivity and diffusivity with crystal structure, transference number and measurement of, solid state electrochemistry;
- applications of solid state ionic conductors for sensor design.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.503.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning which consolidates and extends the lecture material and allows students to assess their progress (10 hours);
Revision of lecture material in preparation for tests (40 hours);
Report writing (53 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Most of the coursework
Tutorial sessions

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportPractical33.30
Essay2000 words33.40
In-course AssessmentCarbon & solid state ionics test33.30
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:30


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