MSE304 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



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Excused Absences

Excused absences may be requested by filling out the Excused Absences form. For more information, please read the course syllabus.

Pre-lecture (survey) questions

(Optional) pre-lecture questions on the reading material will be assigned in PrairieLearn before class and answers are due at 9 pm the day before each lecture.

Online discussion forum

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Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Safa O. Kasap, Third Edition (McGrawHill, 2006).

Alternative (Optional) Textbook

Electrical Properties of Materials, Laszlo Solymar, Donald Walsh, Eighth Edition (Oxford University Press, 2009).


All recordings will be posted under this link.

Date Reading Description Assignment due
M Jan 14 Orientation and Introduction
W Jan 16 Solymar: 1, 2;
Kasap: 2.1;
Classical Conductivity: Drude model Prerequisite Quiz, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Jan 18 Solymar: 2, 3;
Kasap: 2.5, 3.1;
Hall effect
M Jan 21 M. L. King Day
W Jan 23 Solymar: 3, 6.9, 7.3;
Kasap: 3.1;
Bragg's Law, Photoelectric Effect
F Jan 25 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5;
Particle-wave duality, de Broglie wave length
M Jan 28 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7;
Basics of Quantum Mechanics, Schrödinger Equation HW0
W Jan 30 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.6, 3.7;
Polar Vortex
F Feb 1 Solymar: 2, 3;
Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.6;
Operators, Free electrons, Infinite potential well
M Feb 4 Solymar: 3.6, 4;
Kasap: 3.5, 3.7, 3.8;
Infinite potential well HW1
W Feb 6 Solymar: 4;
Kasap: 3.8;
Uncertainty principle, Tunneling Quiz 1, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Feb 8 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Hydrogen Atom I
M Feb 11 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Hydrogen Atom II HW2
W Feb 13 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Optical transitions, Selection rules, Spin
F Feb 15 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Beyond hydrogen
M Feb 18 XPS, Auger X-ray emission HW3
W Feb 20 Link, More Auger X-ray absorption Quiz 2, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Feb 22 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 1.3;
XPS, Auger
M Feb 25 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 1.3;
Synchrotrons, Bonding in molecules
W Feb 27 Solymar: 1;
Kasap: 1.3;
Bonding in molecules
F Mar 1 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.2, 4.5;
Potential-energy surface
M Mar 4 Bulk modulus, Madelung constant HW4 (Online), HW4 (Offline, submit here)
W Mar 6 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7;
Free-electron gas, Density of states Quiz 3, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Mar 8 Engineering Open House
M Mar 11 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.11;
Density of states, Fermi distribution HW5
W Mar 13 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.11;
Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice
F Mar 15 Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice
M Mar 18 Spring Break
W Mar 20 Spring Break
F Mar 22 Spring Break
M Mar 25 Solymar: 8;
Kasap: 5.11;
Empty-Lattice Approximation: Bands in Solids
W Mar 27 Solymar: 8;
Kasap: 5.2, 5.3;
Nearly Free Electrons: Bands in Solids HW6 (Online), HW6 (Offline, submit here)
F Mar 29 Nearly free electrons; Semiconductors
M Apr 1 Nearly free electrons; Semiconductors
W Apr 3 Solymar: 8, 9;
Kasap: 6.1, 6.2;
Electrons, holes in semiconductors Quiz 4, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Apr 5 Solymar: 8, 9;
Kasap: 5.4, 5.5;
Mass action law, Fermi level
M Apr 8 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 5.9, 6.2, 6.5;
Extrinsic semiconductors, n and p doping HW7 (Comp. Report 1) (Offline, submit here); optional QE GUI
W Apr 10 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 6.6, 6.8;
Compensation doping
F Apr 12 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 6.9;
HW class 2
M Apr 15 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.9;
pn junction, Charge carrier concentrations in Si (iPython, PDF) HW8
W Apr 17 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.10;
pn junction: built-in field and potential
F Apr 19 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.10;
Diffusion current, Forward and Reverse bias
M Apr 22 Bias, Diode, Carrier lifetimes HW9
W Apr 24 Schottky junctions, LEDs Quiz 5, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Apr 26 Carrier life times, LEDs
M Apr 29 Heterojunction LED, Solar cells
W May 1 Multijunction solar cell, Transistors HW10 (Online), Comp. Report 2 (Offline, submit here)
FINAL: comprehensive final exam CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide

Course Description


Fundamentals of quantum mechanics; atoms and small molecules; tunneling and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; angular momentum; spectroscopy techniques; solids, in particular metals and semiconductors; Students should obtain a fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and how it governs electronic properties of materials and devices.


Students will be able to understand the theoretical description of various semiconductor devices and how that traces back to the materials they are made of. Students will obtain a grasp of the equations of quantum mechanics and their (analytical) solution for model systems. Moreover, students will obtain insight into modern computational techniques to describe electronic properties of solids as well as semiconductor devices.

Course Grading


Your final grade for MSE304 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. Please consult the course syllabus for details on particular components.

Course Component Percentage of total
Computational Report 1 and 26 each
In-lecture i>clicker8
Prerequisite Quiz4
Quiz 1‐510 each

The optional final exam will replace the lowest quiz grade if it is higher than that grade.

Final Grade

The following cutoff table will be used to calculate final scores.

Final Grade Minimum Points
A+ 97
A 93
A– 90
B+ 87
B 83
B– 80
C+ 77
C 73
C– 70
D+ 67
D 63
D– 60
F <60