# 0.7 Solid state and superconductors  (Page 4/9)

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## Synthesis of solid state materials

There exist many synthetic methods to make crystalline solids. Traditional solid state chemical reactions are often slow and require high temperatures and long periods of time for reactants to form the desire compound. They also require that reactants are mixed in the solid state by grinding two solids together. In this manner the mixture formed is heterogeneous (i.e. not in the same phase), and high temperatures are required to increase the mobility of the ions that are being formed into the new solid binary phase. Another approach to get solid state binary structures is using a precursor material such as a metal carbonate, that upon decomposition at high temperatures loses gaseous ${\text{CO}}_{2}$ resulting in very fine particles of the corresponding metal oxide (e.g., ${\text{BaCO}}_{3\left(s\right)}\to {\text{BaO}}_{\left(s\right)}+{\text{CO}}_{2\left(g\right)}$ ).

## X-ray crystallography

To determine the atomic or molecular structure of a crystal diffraction of X-rays is used. It was observed that visible light can be diffracted by the use of optical grids, because these are arranged in a regular manner. Energy sources such as X-rays have such small wavelengths that only“grids”the size of atoms will be able to diffract X-rays. As mentioned before a crystal has regular molecular array, and therefore it is possible, to use X-ray diffraction to determine the location of the atoms in crystal lattice. When such an experiment is carried out we say that we have determined the crystal structure of the substance. The study of crystal structures is known as crystallography and it is one of the most powerful techniques used today to characterize new compounds. You will discuss the principles behind X-ray diffraction in the lecture part of this course.

## Superconductors

A superconductor is an element, or compound that will conduct electricity without resistance when it is below a certain temperature. Without resistance the electrical current will flow continuously in a closed loop as long as the material is kept below an specific temperature. Since the electrical resistance is zero, supercurrents are generated in the material to exclude the magnetic fields from a magnet brought near it. The currents which cancel the external field produce magnetic poles opposite to the poles of the permanent magnet, repelling them to provide the lift to levitate the magnet . In some countries (including USA) this magnet levitation has been used for transporation. Specifically trains can take advantage of this levitation to virtually eliminate friction between the vehicle and the tracks. A train levitated over a superconductor can attain speeds over 300 mph!

## Solid state model kits

In this experiment we will use the Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) Solid-State Model Kits which are designed for creating a variety of common and important solid state structures. Please be careful with these materials as they are quite expensive. There is a list of kit components on the inside of the lid of each box. Please make sure that you have all the listed pieces and that these are in their proper locations when you finish using the kit.

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are you nano engineer ?
s.
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Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
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for screen printed electrodes ?
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or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
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