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

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
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


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 2

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 2

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 5

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 3

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 4

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 2

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 1

1. Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1

2. Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 1

3. Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1


  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.