ECTSFunctional and Smart Materials

Functional and Smart Materials (CEAC551) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Functional and Smart Materials CEAC551 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type Technical Elective Courses
Course Level Ph.D.
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Prof. Dr. Atilla Cihaner
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The course explains the synthesis, fundamentals, and device applications of smart molecules. The main aim of the course is to bridge the gap between the synthesis of smart materials and smart devices. Also, the course explains a large variety of smart devices (Shottky barrie diodes and field-effect transistors, batteries, supercapacitors, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, sensors, actuators and so on) based on the smart molecules and functional structures.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Provide basic concepts of smart materials.
  • Give an overview for the kinds of functional and smart materials.
  • Explain the principles of the behavior of smart materials.
  • Discuss specific fabrication techniques for smart devices.
  • Improve the design, analysis, manufacturing and application of smart materials.
  • Improve reading and writing and presentation skill.
Course Content Fundamental principles of electron and energy transfer, wires and related systems, switching electron- and energy transfer processes, light-harvesting antennae, memories, logic gates, conducting polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, fullerene c60 and carbon nanotubes, sensors, actuators and nanomechanical devices, electronic and photonic devices,

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 General Concepts 1-18 (1) 1-37 (2)
2 Fundamental Principles of Electron and Energy Transfer Wires and Related Systems 21-32 (1) 33-63 (1)
3 Switching Electron- and Energy Transfer Processes 64-95 (1)
4 Light-harvesting Antennae 96-131 (1)
5 Memories and Related Systems 175-199 (1)
6 Memories and Related Systems 200-234 (1)
7 Logic Gates 235-266 (1)
9 Conducting Polymers 41-80 (2)
10 Stimuli-responsive Polymers 81-116 (2)
11 Fullerene C60 and Carbon Nanotubes 134-200 (2)
12 Sensors and Sensor Arrays 405-425 (2)
13 A General Overview for Electronic and Photonic Devices 321-404 (2)
14 Actuators and Nanomechanical Devices 461-490 (2)
15 Student Oral Presentations
16 Final Exam


Course Book 1. V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi, Molecular Devices and Machines-A Journey into the Nano World, Wiley-VCH, 2003.
2. L. Dai, Intelligent Macromolecules for Smart Devices: From Materials Synthesis to Device Applications, Springer, 2004.
Other Sources 3. J. Singh, Smart Electronic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
4. M. Addington, D. L. Schodek, Smart Materials and Technologies, Elsevier (2005)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 30
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to access, analyze and evaluate the knowledge in chemistry and comprehend the literature. X
2 An ability to define an advanced scientific problem in the required field and finding an alternative for the solution. X
3 An ability to design and conduct scientific and technological experiments in the lab- and pilot-scale, and to analyze and interpret their results. X
4 An ability to perform independent research. X
5 An ability to give a presentation at national and international scientific conferences and to publish scientific publications in international journals. X
6 An ability to achieve the necessary knowledge to follow current developments in science and technology, and do scientific research or developing projects in the field of chemistry. X
7 An ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to work as a part of a team. X
8 An understanding of the professional and occupational responsibilities. Awareness and responsibility about professional, legal, ethical and social issues in the required field. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 16 16
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 20 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 25 25
Total Workload 125