MTE3545 - Functional materials and devices - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Professor Kiyonori Suzuki

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Electrical and optical properties of materials - dielectrics, ferroelectrics, superconductors and optical fibres; magnetic properties - microscopic origin of magnetism in specific classes of materials, domains, magnet fabrication and applications; nanodevices which rely on the preceding properties, experimental techniques.


  1. Predict the magnetic moment for a given electron configuration by applying Hund's rules.
  2. Formulate the coercivity of magnetic particles using the magnetic anisotropy and magneto-static energy terms.
  3. Describe the temperature dependence of spontaneous magnetisation based on the mean field theory.
  4. Describe the effect of nanoscale grain refinement on magnetic properties.
  5. Discuss functional nanomaterials with respect to their synthesis, properties, characterisation and application.
  6. Discuss novel generations of organic electronic materials and their application in electronic and optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, transistors and light emitting diodes.


Assignments: 10%

Laboratory work: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Workload requirements

Three one-hour lecture/tutorial classes per week and four x five hour laboratory classes during the semester and 7 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Materials science



MTE2544 or MSC2022 or TRC3800 or MSC2111 or PHS2011


MSC3011, MSC3132, MTE3508