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CHE455: Building the Modern World

Advances in technology, from the iPhone to the lithium ion battery, have revolutionized the world. But how have scientists managed to design and construct modern devices?

Advances in technology, from the iPhone to the lithium ion battery, have revolutionized the world. But how have scientists managed to design and construct modern devices? What are the principles behind the touch screen or the solar cell? This course will investigate how atomic and crystalline structures result in different electronic, optical, and mechanical properties. We will study topics such as molecular orbital and band theory and their impact on the electronic properties of materials. Through laboratory experimentation and analysis, students will gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles underlying modern materials, and how they drive innovation in technology and sustainability.