Week 1 : Crystalline and amorphous solids, atomic and molecular solids, thermodynamics of solids, crystallization kinetics, nucleation, synthetic strategy
Week 2 : Unit Cell, Conventional unit cell, primitive unit cell, lattice and basis, Bravais lattices, lattice translation vectors.
Week 3 : Symmetry in crystals, rotations, reflections, inversions, rotoinversions, Schonflies and Hermann-Mauguin notations of symmetries.
Week 4 : Translational symmetry elements, glide plane, screw axis, relevance of symmetries.
Week 5 : Crystal systems, point groups, space groups.
Week 6 : Group notations, Schonflies notations, Hermann-Mauguin notations.
Week 7 : Coordination number, defects and voids in crystals, Schottky and Frenkel defects, interstitials.
Week 8 : Lattice planes, Miller indices, X-ray diffraction, Bragg's law, X-ray difraction, indexing of peaks
Week 9 : Powder X-ray diffractometers, single crystal X-ray diffractometers, X-ray crystallography, electron density maps, electron microscopy techniques.
Week 10 : Crystal structures of elements, alloys, binary compounds, nitrides, sulphides, perovskites, spinels.
Week 11 : Electronic structure of solids, origin of bands, band structure, density of states.
Week 12 : Band structure and electrical conductivity, band gap, optical properties.