Short range order of Ni and Mn in Li(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O2, a compound used for rechargeable Li batteries. (Image courtesy of Gerbrand Ceder.)
Material covered in this course includes the following topics:
- Laws of thermodynamics: general formulation and applications to mechanical, electromagnetic and electrochemical systems, solutions, and phase diagrams
- Computation of phase diagrams
- Statistical thermodynamics and relation between microscopic and macroscopic properties, including ensembles, gases, crystal lattices, phase transitions
- Applications to phase stability and properties of mixtures
- Computational modeling
This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5111 (Materials at Equilibrium).