Materials at Equilibrium (SMA 5111)

Blue and green balls form a trapezoid.

Short range order of Ni and Mn in Li(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O2, a compound used for rechargeable Li batteries. (Image courtesy of Gerbrand Ceder.)


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Fall 2003



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Course Description

Material covered in this course includes the following topics:

  • Laws of thermodynamics: general formulation and applications to mechanical, electromagnetic and electrochemical systems, solutions, and phase diagrams
  • Computation of phase diagrams
  • Statistical thermodynamics and relation between microscopic and macroscopic properties, including ensembles, gases, crystal lattices, phase transitions
  • Applications to phase stability and properties of mixtures
  • Computational modeling
  • Interfaces

This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5111 (Materials at Equilibrium).

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Gerbrand Ceder, and Anton Van der Ven. 3.20 Materials at Equilibrium (SMA 5111). Fall 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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