Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (MAT 204)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Burç Mısırlıoğlu burc@sabanciuniv.edu,
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MATH101 NS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Discussion based learning,Jigsaw learning,Guided discovery
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Beginning with Newtonian mechanics and Maxwellian electromagnetics, we examine material properties, by considering electrons as particles and light as waves. In order to understand phenomena that cannot be explained by classical physics, we first develop the tools for understanding the wave-like behavior of electrons and particle- like behavior of light--i.e., quantum mechanics, built around Schrödinger's equation. A quantum chemical approach is applied to understand molecular bond formation and the electrical and optical properties of conductive polymers. To examine electrical and optical properties of metals and insulators, solid state models are developed for bulk solids and interfaces, leading to the fundamentals of semiconductor materials and the p-n junction.


To develop a basic understanding of the electronic physical phenomena in materials that is necessary for a materials engineer, who is selecting and designing material structure or performing materials characterization


Upon successful completion of Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials, students are expected to
Describe a physical model using basic mathematical language?vector calculus, complex functions, partial differential equations

Model the transport processes in a metal and an insulator using Newtonian mechanics and Maxwellian electromagnetics
Model the transport processes in inorganic and organic materials using quantum mechanics
Model light interaction with matter for both bulk matter systems and quantum-confined systems


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 30
Participation 10
Homework 30



1. Electronic Properties of Materials, 3rd Edition, Rolf Hummel (2001).
2. e. Electrons in Solids ? An Introductory Survey, 3rd Edition, Richard H. Bubbe.

Optional Readings

A variety of lecture notes available over the world wide web. To be declared by the professor.